Gov. Bill Haslam says corrections officials have told him Tennessee's first execution since 2009 was handled in a "very professional manner."
Haslam told reporters Tuesday that state corrections officials and others there during Billy Ray Irick's Aug. 9 execution told him "everybody did their job the way it was supposed to" be done.
Irick received a three-drug injection series and was pronounced dead after about 20 minutes. Federal public defender Kelley Henry said witness observations suggest the first drug, midazolam, didn't render Irick fully unconscious.