Miller Asks Haslam's Office for Mercy

Days before David Earl Miller's scheduled execution, his legal team asked Gov. Bill Haslam for mercy, saying Miller's "severe mental illness" should shield him from the death penalty, The Tennessean reports. Miller is scheduled to die by the electric chair tomorrow for the 1981 murder of Lee Standifer in Knoxville. In a clemency request filed with Haslam's office last week, Miller's legal team argued that "Miller’s severe mental illness and mental state at the time of the crime place him far outside that group of offenders who are the worst and for whom the death penalty is reserved.” Haslam's office confirmed they are reviewing the petition.
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