Stephen Michael West executed: Death row inmate electrocuted for double murder


An inmate on death row has been executed for the double murder of a woman and her teenage daughter.

Stephen Michael West, 56, was put to death for fatally stabbing Wanda Romines, 51, and her daughter Sheila Romines, 15, in their home in 1986.

The sentence was carried out at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tennessee. 

West was pronounced dead at 7.27pm.

A group of anti death penalty campaigners staged a protest outside the prison where the killer was executed, singing Amazing Grace and holding a two minute silence.

Stephen Michael West

Sheila was stabbed 17 times in the stomach during the gruesome killing  and 14 of those wounds were consistent with “torture-type cuts”, the Tennessean reported.

Both victims had their hands bound behind their backs.

West was also found guilty of raping Sheila before she died.

At his trial, West blamed his 17-year-old McDonald’s co-worker, who went to high school with Sheila, for the murders.

Victims Wanda Romines and Sheila Romines

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With just hours to live, West decided he wanted to die by electrocution.

He’s the third death row prisoner in Tennessee to die in the electric chair in just 10 months.

West became the second inmate in Tennessee and the 11th in the United States to be executed in 2019, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

The last inmate to be executed by electric chair was David Miller, 61, in Tennessee in December.

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