published Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Tennessee inmate dies of natural causes after 24 years on Death Row

Tennessee officials say a 54-year-old Death Row inmate convicted in the 1987 murders of a Memphis convenience store clerk and a policeman in Oklahoma died today of natural causes.

According to the Department of Correction, Michael Wayne Howell was pronounced dead of natural causes this morning at the Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility in Nashville.

Howell was convicted of first degree murder and grand larceny in Shelby County, according to the department. He was sentenced to death on Oct. 26, 1989, for the 1987 murder of Alvin Kennedy, a Memphis convenience store clerk.

Howell was also convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death in Oklahoma for the Nov. 2, 1987, shooting death of Sgt. Charlene Calhoun.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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