Man executed for killing wife decades ago in Memphis

  • FILE - This Oct. 18, 2016 file photo shows inmate Donnie Johnson at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee is preparing to execute its fourth prisoner since August, after a hiatus stretching back to 2009. Johnson is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday night, May 16, 2019 for suffocating his wife, Connie Johnson, in a Memphis camping center that he managed in 1984. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

  • People pray during a vigil for Donnie Johnson at Riverside Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Johnson was executed by lethal injection Thursday for suffocating his wife, Connie Johnson, in a Memphis camping center that he managed in 1984. The vigil was held at the church where Johnson served as an elder while in prison, even though he was never able to visit the church. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Abigail and Jonathan Dysinger, center, pray during a vigil for Donnie Johnson, Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Johnson was executed by lethal injection Thursday for suffocating his wife, Connie Johnson, in a Memphis camping center that he managed in 1984. The vigil was held at Riverside Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where Johnson served as an elder while in prison, even though he was never able to visit the church. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis prayed and sang hymns as he was put to death Thursday in Tennessee.

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