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New petition filed in hopes to stop Pervis Payne’s execution

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 12:54 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Death row inmate Pervis Payne filed a new petition with the court presenting an intellectual disability claim to hopefully stop his execution.

Last month, Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill that would prevent death row inmates with an intellectual disability from being executed.

On Wednesday, Payne’s attorney’s filed a petition that states his. “undisputed diagnosis of intellectual disability, is categorically barred from execution.”

Payne was convicted of stabbing to death Charisse Christopher and her 2-year-old daughter, Lacie, in Millington in 1987.

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