Tennessee executes only second person in 45 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - This morning Sedley Alley became the second person in 45 years to be executed in Tennessee.

The convicted murderer and rapist died by lethal injection at 2:12am.

The state had planned back-to-back executions of Alley and fellow death row inmate Paul Dennis Reid, but a federal judge granted Reid a stay yesterday.

The state Attorney General's office has appealed that stay and is prepared to execute Reid around noon today if the stay if lifted.

Alley was granted a stay late last night when his attorneys hand-delivered a motion to a federal appeals judge who lives in Nashville, but two of that judge's colleagues on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio quickly reversed it and allowed Alley's execution to proceed about an hour late.

The 50-year-old Alley had confessed to killing a 19-year-old Marine named Suzanne Collins in 1985 while she was jogging near a Navy base north of Memphis.

Reid was sentenced to death for killing seven people in a string of fast-food robberies in 1997.

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