Tennessee judge vacates death sentences for man found to be intellectually disabled

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A Shelby County judge signed an order vacating Pervis Payne’s two death sentences handed down more than 30 years ago. MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Moments before a Tennessee judge freed him from death row, Pervis Payne walked into a courtroom, hugged his lawyer and wept. Payne, who was sentenced to death in the …
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