Death Row Inmate Austin Dies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The oldest inmate on Tennessee’s death row has died of apparent natural causes. Richard Austin was found dead in his cell at the DeBerry Special Needs Facility in Nashville on Saturday, June 7.
Austin was sentenced to death in 1978 after a conviction of accessory before the fact to murder in Shelby County. He spent 30 years on death row. Richard Austin was 68 years old.