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Death row inmate Billy Ray Irick selects final meal ahead of Thursday execution

Irick is scheduled for execution around 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The Tennessee Department of Correction announced inmate Billy Ray Irick has selected his final meal ahead of his execution Thursday.

He chose a Super Deluxe Combo. This combo includes a super deluxe burger, onion rings, and a Pepsi. This meal will be provided to Irick tomorrow.

The department confirmed Tuesday that death row inmate Billy Ray Irick had been moved to death watch, a period of increased supervision and security ahead of his execution date later this week.

Irick, 59, was moved to death watch at 11:30 p.m. Monday; he is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday. The Tennessee Supreme Court and Gov. Bill Haslam have both denied requests to delay the execution.

"Death watch is the three-day period before an execution when strict guidelines are implemented to maintain the security and control of the offender and to maintain safe and orderly operations of the prison," the department said in a statement.

Irick has been moved from his normal Riverbend Maximum Security Institute to one next to the execution chamber.

Irick was convicted in 1986 of the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in Knox County. Although Irick has exhausted appeals on his original case, he and 32 other death row offenders are challenging the drugs Tennessee intends to use in lethal injections.

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