Rodney Reed, Texas

Update: Monday, December 9, 2019

Nicholas Sutton has been given a new execution date of Thursday, February 20, 2020.

Update: Monday, February 23, 2015 8:44 pm EST

Nicholas Todd Sutton was scheduled to be executed at 7:10 pm CST, on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. Nicholas’ execution has been stayed. Fifty-four-year-old Nicholas has been sentenced to death for the murder of fellow inmate Carl Estep on January 15, 1985, at the Morgan County Regional Correctional Facility in Wartburg, Tennessee. Nicholas has spent the last 29 years on Tennessee’s death row.

Nicholas was raised in an unstable and violent household. His father was mentally ill and institutionalized for part of Nicholas’ childhood. His mother abandoned him when he was young. As a young teen, Nicholas was using several different drugs and had several altercations with the police. He dropped out of school in the 11th grade, although he obtained a GED in 1978. Nicholas briefly joined the Navy when he was 17 years of age, however he was quickly given an honorable discharge, with records indicating that he was unable to adjust to military life.

In 1979, the age of 18, Nicholas was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his grandmother. He had beaten her to death after she discovered that he had murdered two other people.


On January 15, 1985, Nicholas Sutton, along with Thomas Street and Charles Freeman, entered the cell of Carl Estep. Other inmates observed the three entering the cell and heard Carl scream while the three were inside the cell. Guards discovered Carl around 10 am that day. Carl had been stabbed 38 times. A witness testified that he had watched Sutton stab Carl through the window of the cell. Freeman was eventually acquitted of the crime, while Sutton and Street were convicted. Sutton was sentenced to death. Street was sentenced to life in prison.


Nicholas Sutton’s execution date has been stayed by the Tennessee Supreme Court in order to consider the constitutionality of Tennessee’s current execution protocol.


Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Carl Estep. Please pray for strength for the family of Nicholas. Please pray that if Nicholas is innocent or lacks the competency to be executed that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Nicholas may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.



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