NASHVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A Tennessee inmate who says his accomplice was the one who fatally stabbed a mother and her 15-year-old daughter in 1986 was executed Thursday night at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.
56-year-old Stephen West, who also was convicted of raping the teen, chose to be put to death by the electric chair.
West has denied he’s a killer, saying his then-17-year-old accomplice killed 51-year-old Wanda Romines and her 15-year-old daughter, Sheila Romines. West was 23 at the time. The juvenile co-defendant received a life sentence, with parole possible in 2030.
In a court filing, the state has said West was sentenced to die for “brutally stabbing to death” the two victims.
Gov. Bill Lee denied West’s clemency application, which also said West has been taking powerful medication to treat mental illness. Late Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court denied West’s request for a stay of execution.