2 Tenn. officials fired after lethal injection errors noted


              FILE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delivers his inaugural address in War Memorial Auditorium, on Jan. 19, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Tennessee Department of Correction has fired its longtime top attorney and another employee following an independent report on failures within the state's lethal injection system. Debbie Inglis, the deputy commissioner and general counsel, and Kelly Young, the inspector general, received notices of “expiration of your executive service appointment” on Dec. 27, 2022, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press through public records requests. Though officials gave no reasons for the firings, Lee’s office has previously said without elaborating that two individuals were let go in connection with the report’s findings. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
            
              FILE - This undated booking photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows inmate Oscar Smith. The Tennessee Department of Correction has fired its longtime top attorney and another employee following an independent report on failures within the state's lethal injection system. Gov. Bill Lee paused all executions in May 2022 and requested the review. At the time, he confirmed the state had failed to ensure its lethal injection drugs were properly tested before the April scheduled execution of Smith, which was called off shortly before it was to have begun. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)
            
              FILE - Ricky Bell, warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber, Oct. 13, 1999. The Tennessee Department of Correction has fired its longtime top attorney and another employee following an independent report on failures within the state's lethal injection system. Debbie Inglis, the deputy commissioner and general counsel, and Kelly Young, the inspector general, received notices of “expiration of your executive service appointment” on Dec. 27, 2022, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press through public records requests. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
2 Tenn. officials fired after lethal injection errors noted