WVLT reporting, Christa Pike, a Tennessee woman on death row, is convicted of the torture and murder of Colleen Slemmer in 1995 in Knoxville. An appeal to avoid the death penalty was denied in 2016. Pike was 18-years-old at the time of the murder. Attorneys are citing Pike’s mental health and childhood trauma as reasons against setting the date.
If Pike’s execution is carried out, she will be the first woman executed by the state of Tennessee in more than 200 years, as well as the youngest U.S. woman at the time of the offense to be executed in the modern era.
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