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Selection Of Official Media Witnesses

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 01:01pm

NASHVILLE – In accordance with state law, representatives from the following news media agencies have been selected to witness the execution of inmate Stephen West #115717.  The witnesses were randomly selected from applications from recognized Tennessee news organizations to serve as statutorily required witnesses.

Seven media witnesses were selected by the Tennessee Department of Correction during a drawing held at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution located at 7475 Cockrill Bend Boulevard, Nashville, TN.  The drawing took place on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at 10:00 am CST.

The witnesses are:

1.       Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press

2.      Lori Tucker, WATE

3.      Steven Hale, Nashville Scene

4.      Kathleen Jacob, WZTV

5.      Yvonne Thomas, WBIR

6.      Chas Sisk, WPLN

7.      Matthew Lakin, Knoxville News Sentinel


1.      Justin McDuffie, WVLT

2.      Mariah Timms, The Tennessean

The drawing was conducted in accordance with the Rules of the Tennessee Department of Correction Adult Services Division, Chapter 0420-3-4, under the authority of TCA 40-23-116. 

*Please send media inquiries to Dorinda Carter at