New execution dates set for Oscar Franklin Smith, Harold Wayne Nichols


On left, Harold Wayne Nichols, who was convicted of rape and first-degree felony murder in the...
On left, Harold Wayne Nichols, who was convicted of rape and first-degree felony murder in the 1988 death of Karen Pulley in Hamilton County. On right, Oscar Franklin Smith, who was convicted of murder in the 1989 triple slayings of his estranged wife Judy Lynn Smith and her two sons from a previous marriage, Chad and Jason Burnett in Nashville. He was sentenced to death for all three killings.(Tennessee Department of Correction)
Updated: Nov. 3, 2021 at 3:24 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Officials with the Tennessee Supreme Court have set new execution dates for two men.

Oscar Franklin Smith, who was convicted of murder in the 1989 triple slayings of his estranged wife Judy Lynn Smith and her two sons from a previous marriage, Chad and Jason Burnett in Nashville. He was sentenced to death for all three killings.

“After thorough consideration of Oscar Smith’s request for clemency and an extensive review of the case, the State of Tennessee’s sentence will stand, and I will not be intervening,” Governor Lee said in a statement.

Smith was originally set to be executed on June 4, 2020. The court has set his new execution date as April 22, 2022.

Harold Wayne Nichols was convicted of rape and first-degree felony murder in the 1988 death of Karen Pulley in Hamilton County.

Nichols was originally set to be executed on Aug. 4, 2020. The court has set his new execution date as June 9, 2022. On July 17, 2020, the governor issued an executive reprieve from the execution of Nichols that expired on Dec. 31, 2020.

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