A federal court judge in Tennessee has blocked a request by authorities in the US state to keep a man on death row from seeing his girlfriend’s body after she died in a shooting at her home.
Hacker News reported that U.S. District Judge Kevin Wilson denied the request by the family of David Mcclain’s girlfriend, Rachel Mcclain, in a court filing in Tennessee.
Wilson said he was worried about the safety of the public and the ability of Mcclessan’s girlfriend to attend the funeral.
Mcclain, who had been serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife, has asked for his execution to be delayed, but the death penalty is not on the table.
In a separate court filing, prosecutors argued that Mcclay’s attorneys are violating his constitutional rights by trying to keep him in prison without his girlfriend present.
David Mcclasen has been held on death-penalty charges in the death of his estranged wife Rachel.
He was convicted of killing Rachel in 2007, after he and his then-wife, then-girlfriend, tried to force their way into her house in their Chattanooga, Tennessee, home and shot her dead.
After the shooting, Mccleans girlfriend told police he was upset about Rachels refusal to have sex with him, and she said she and her husband drove her to a nearby Walmart, where he shot her.
She told investigators that he had told her he wanted to kill her, but he did not.
Rachels death sparked widespread outrage after a series of police shootings of unarmed black men, most notably in Louisiana.