Philip Workman was executed early today for killing a Memphis, Tenn., police officer in 1981.
Workman was pronounced dead at 1:38 a.m. this morning. The 53-year-old workman was put to death by lethal injection at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn.
Workman was convicted of the shooting death of Memphis Police Lt. Ronald Oliver during a gun battle after a holdup at a fast food restaurant. Workman claimed he did not fire the fatal shot. His attorneys filed many of last-minute appeals last night with the federal and state courts. The state Supreme Court was the last to reject his final plea, which asked for more time to challenge new protocols for lethal injection.
Workman was granted a request that no autopsy be performed after his execution.
The state executed Sedley Alley in June 2006 and Robert Glen Coe in 2000. Before that, the last execution in Tennessee was in 1960.