KNOX COUNTY — Death row inmate Billy Irick was arrested in 1985 for the murder and rape of 7-year-old Paula Dyer in Knoxville. He is currently scheduled to be executed today, Aug. 9, 2018, in Nashville. This marks the fifth time an execution date has been scheduled for Irick since a jury sentenced him to death in 1986.
Below is a timeline of important dates in a case that has spanned more than 33 years. The timeline includes links to previous WBIR coverage of the case.
* Last updated at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
- 1985, Apr. 15: Paula Dyer, age 7, is raped twice and suffocated at 1205 Exeter Ave. in Knoxville by family friend and babysitter Billy Irick. Related: Remembering Why: The rape and murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer (aired Jul. 30, 2018)