Jon Warkentin, of Nashville, gathers with protesters outside the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution before the execution of Billy Ray Irick in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Irick was convicted in 1986 in the death of Paula Dyer, a 7-year-old Knoxville girl he was babysitting. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Billy Ray Irick, currently on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn. Irick was convicted for raping and killing a 7-year-old girl in 1985, and is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade.