published Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Harbison execution date OK’d

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Tuesday approved a Feb. 15, 2011, execution date for a Hamilton County man convicted in the 1983 murder of Edith Russell, a 62-year-old St. Elmo woman.

The court rejected efforts by Edward Jerome Harbison to change his first-degree murder sentence from death to life imprisonment, saying it has no authority to do so “at this stage of the proceeding.”

Moreover, the court stated, “after also carefully considering Mr. Harbison’s request for a certificate of commutation in accordance with [state law], we have determined that none of the reasons advanced by Mr. Harbison demonstrate the sort of extenuating circumstances that would prompt us to issue a certificate of commutation.”

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olddude said...

He commited a violent crime of which he should be punished. He was found guilty.

September 15, 2010 at 10:21 a.m.
docspop said...

Why feed and house them for years before execution? And why wait till Feb. next year? He was found guilty!!!!

September 15, 2010 at 11:15 a.m.
DIXIEDRIFTER said...

The woman he killed was a personal friend of mine. He did work for her & then killed her when she caught him in the middle of robbing her. He should have been gone a while back. He doesn't like letal injection? Would he rather go the way he killed Edith?

September 15, 2010 at 11:10 p.m.
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