Stephen West - TDOC - Death row

Stephen West is set to be executed by the State of Tennessee on Aug. 15. (Photo: Tennessee Department of Corrections)

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Death Row inmate Stephen West was executed at 7:27 p.m. Thursday by the State of Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction.

West was pronounced dead at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville after being electrocuted in the electric chair. 

West was convicted of murdering a mother and her 15-year-old daughter in 1986. West is also accused of raping the teen. 

West has repeatedly denied he is a killer, claiming his then 17-year-old accomplice killed 51-year-old Wanda Romines and her 15-year-old daughter, Sheila. 

He received his final meal, a Philly cheesesteak sandwich and French fries, at 4 p.m. Thursday. 

Witnesses say West's last words were "In the beginning, God created man." He then started crying before saying "and then Jesus wept". 

This is the fifth execution in Tennessee since August 2018. 

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