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Death Row Facts

Number of Death Row: 69
Numbers Breakdown: 68 males and 1 female
37 White, 29 African Americans, 1 Hispanic, 1 Native American, 1 Asian


Where are they from?
46 offenders are from the largest metropolitan counties of
Shelby (27), Davidson (8), Knox (7), and Hamilton (3)

21 offenders were convicted in East Tennessee
20 offenders were convicted in Middle Tennessee
29 offenders were convicted in West Tennessee


Oldest on Death Row:
Roy Keough, 8/17/44, 70 years old
Convicted in Shelby County
On Death Row since May 1997


Only Female on Death Row:
Christa Pike, 3/10/76, 38 years old
Convicted in Knox County
On Death Row since March 1996


Youngest Male on Death Row:
John Freeland, 11/1/82, 31 years old
Convicted in Madison County
On Death Row since May 2011


Longest Time on Death Row:
Donald Strouth, 1/9/59, 55 years old
Convicted in Sullivan County
On Death Row since September 1978


Last Person Sentenced to Death Row:
Rickey Bell, 9/02/79, 35 years old
Convicted in Tipton County
On Death Row since March 2012

Male offenders are housed at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. Female offenders sentenced to death are housed at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville.

The following number of offenders have multiple death sentences: 10 offenders with two death sentences, four offenders with three death sentences, and one offender with six death sentences.

Link to List of Death Row Offenders
(Click here for a list of offenders currently on death row.)