Tennessee Death Row Inmate Must Choose Execution Method This Afternoon

Tennessee death row inmate David Earl Miller must choose death by lethal injection or electric chair by this afternoon, The Times Free Press reports. Miller was convicted and sentenced to death for the gruesome murder of Lee Standifer, a mentally handicapped woman he had been dating at the time. Though lethal injection is the preferred method of execution in Tennessee, those convicted prior to 1999 can still opt for the chair. Miller's execution is set for Dec. 6.

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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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Zagorski Sends Handwritten Note to Haslam Asking for Clemency

Condemned prisoner Edmund Zagorski has sent a handwritten note to Governor Bill Haslam pleading for clemency from his death sentence, WKRN reports. Zagorski was convicted in 1984 of the murders a year earlier of two men who were purchasing marijuana from him in Hickman County. His attorney Robert Hutton has requested that the inmate's death penalty be commuted to life without parole. Other attorneys involved in the case are seeking to halt the execution based on lingering questions about the drugs used for lethal injection. Zagorski’s execution is scheduled for Oct. 11.

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