Haslam: Prayer to Help Guide Execution Decisions

Apr 24, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The State of Tennessee announced back in February that it had scheduled 10 executions over the next two years.

Governor Haslam says he’s making preparing for his role in those executions.

Haslam says he’ll rely on prayer and advice from experts when he’s faced with last-minute appeals from death row inmates facing execution.

The Republican governor stressed at a forum hosted by the Christian group Q Ideas yesterday that he has yet to be confronted with death penalty decisions because of court-ordered delays.

Haslam says he’ll gather a team of experts in mental health and law enforcement and prosecutors to help him sort through the intricacies of each case.

Haslam told reporters earlier this week that he’s also carefully considering whether to sign into law a bill that would allow the state to electrocute prisoners in the event that it can't obtain drugs used for lethal injections.