Electric Chair Builder Expresses Concerns Over Zagorski Execution

The self-taught execution expert and builder of the electric chair that will be used to execute Edmund Zagorski on Thursday has expressed concerns over the reliability of his handiwork, The Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Fred Leuchter, who has worked on a number of execution devices during his career from 1979 – 1990, said that many of the chairs are "decrepit, defunct, didn't work properly — if they ever had in the first place." Gov. Bill Haslam has said he is confident the chair execution can be carried out without problems despite not having been used since 2007.

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