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    An inmate Stephen West, 56, pronounced dead in Tennessee's third electric chair execution since last November, AP reported. The U. Supreme Court has reportedly denied West's request for a stay of execution hours before he was scheduled to die in the electric chair.

    According to the US Department of Corrections, cited by the US-based media, West maintained that he didn't fatally stab a mother and her 15-year-old daughter in 1986.

    In particular, West said his then-17-year-old accomplice killed 51-year-old Wanda Romines and her daughter, Sheila Romines. West was 23 at the time, according to AP. The juvenile co-defendant reportedly received a life sentence, with parole possible in 2030.

    However, In a court filing, the state said West brutally stabbed the victims to death, AP reported. West was also convicted of raping the teen.

    Tennessee Governor Bill Lee reportedly denied West's clemency application, which also said West has been taking powerful medication to treat mental illness, AP said.

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