Thursday, January 23, 2020

Sutton chooses the electric chair
Tennessee death row inmate Nicky Sutton notified prison officials on Wednesday he wants to die by electrocution if his execution goes forward as scheduled on Feb. 20. Sutton, 58, of Morristown, doesn't dispute he killed four people, brutal crimes that put him on death row. But his lawyers say a history of saving lives behind bars, including prison guards who were being attacked by other inmates, shows Sutton has matured and deserves mercy. Prison employees' accounts are the basis of Sutton's effort to convince Gov. Bill Lee to stop his execution, which is scheduled for Feb. 20. Sutton has been convicted of killing four people, including his grandmother Dorothy Sutton, who raised him as a son. He knocked the retired schoolteacher unconscious in 1979 and dropped her into the icy waters of the Nolichucky River, where she drowned. After his conviction, he led detectives to his aunt's property in Waterville, where he had beaten, killed and buried his high school friend John Large, who hadn't been seen since August 1979. Detectives also linked him with the death of contractor, Charles Almon, 46. His body was pulled from the Golf Course rock quarry in Newport. Sutton admitted to shooting Almon at his aunt's North Carolina property before disposing of the body in the Newport quarry. Sutton was put on death row after he stabbed and killed fellow inmate Carl Estep. a convicted child rapist, in 1985. Defense attorneys do not defend Sutton's violent acts, but argue mitigating factors, including inadequate trial representation and "pervasive childhood trauma". The application for clemency points to the accounts of three prison staffers who say Sutton saved their lives when he didn't have to, twice stepping between staff and angry inmates to end potentially deadly conflicts. And the lawyers say members of the Estep, Sutton and Almon families support their request for clemency.

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