Olen Hutchison Clemency Team Papers

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Title: Olen Hutchison Clemency Team Papers

Dates: 2001–2004

Creator: Olen Hutchison Clemency Team and Tennessee Innocence Project

Summary/Abstract: The Olen Hutchison Clemency Team papers contain documents and correspondence pertaining to Mr. Hutchison’s appeal of his 1991 death sentence.

Quantity/Physical Description:

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), The Olen Hutchison Clemency Team Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: Mary E. Vancura

Processed By: Original processor undetermined

Arrangement: These materials are contained in one box and are divided into two series. Series 1: Hutchison Application to the Tennessee Innocence Project, 2001 is an extensive document that includes a comprehensive narrative written by Hutchison and copies of many documents important to his case, including Huddleston’s autopsy report. Series 2: Clemency Team Correspondence and Meeting Notes, 2003-2004 includes emails sent and received and notes taken during Clemency Team meetings by Mary Vancura, and Hutchison’s detailed answers to questions asked by Mary Vancura. There is also some information about the Philip Workman and Abu Ali Abdur Rahman cases.

Biographical Note: Olen E. Hutchison was convicted in the first-degree murder of Hugh Huddleston in 1990 and was sentenced to death in 1991. All of the six co-defendants, including three who were present at the scene of the crime, received lesser sentences. Mr. Hutchison was in another county at the time of the crime.

Mr. Hutchison contacted the Tennessee Innocence Project for help in 2001 after his conviction.
The Olen Hutchison Clemency Team was formed in 2003. Mary E. Vancura was the clemency campaign coordinator. The Clemency Team constructed a website, conducted fundraising, and engaged in a variety of promotion and outreach activities designed to bring attention to the “lack of equal justice” in the Olen Hutchison case.

Mr. Hutchison’s execution was scheduled for March 2004 but he received a stay of execution in January 2004. Hutchison, remained death row and continued his attempts to appeal his case. He died of natural causes at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution on October 19, 2014.

Scope and Content: The Olen Hutchison Clemency Team papers include Hutchison’s application to the Tennessee Innocence Project and the Clemency Team’s email correspondence, meeting notes, and some research. The collection spans the years 2001 through 2004 and is contained in one box in roughly chronological order.

Associated Materials: There are no known associated materials.

Related Collections: There are no known related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
Olen Hutchison
Hugh Huddleston
Mary Vancura
Philip Workman
Abu Ali
Abdur Rahman

Places
Tennessee

Subjects (General)
Murder
Death sentence
Capital punishment
Clemency

Material Types
Correspondence
Meeting notes
Research

Collection Inventory:

Series

Box

Folder

Subject

1

1

01

Tennessee Innocence Project Application

1

1

02

Tennessee Innocence Project Application Attachments

2

1

01

First Clemency Team Meeting: Agenda and Notes

2

1

02

Information from Workman and Rahman Cases

2

1

03

Late September/October Email Sent (2003)

2

1

04

Late September/October Email Received (2003)

2

1

05

November Email Sent (2003)

2

1

06

November Email Received (2003)

2

1

07

December Email Sent (2003)

2

1

08

December Email Received (2003)

2

1

09

January Email Sent (2004)

2

1

10

January Email Received (2004)

2

1

11

February Email Sent (2004)

2

1

12

February Email Received (2004)

2

1

13

Clemency Team Questions for Hutchison and His Response (2004)