Death Row Inmate Requests Execution by Electric Chair

Edmund Zagorski, the Tennessee death row inmate scheduled for execution on Thursday, told officials today he would prefer to die via the electric chair rather than the controversial three-drug lethal injection cocktail used in the recent execution of Billy Ray Irick, The Tennessean reports. Zagorski made the request within hours of a Tennessee Supreme Court ruling that approved the use of the state’s current lethal injection protocol. State law allows inmates who were sentenced to death for a crime committed before 1999 to sign a waiver choosing the electrocution method.
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