Death-row inmate awaiting word from court on stay of execution

Death-row inmate awaiting word from court on stay of execution

This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows death row inmate David Earl Miller in Nashville, Tenn.

Miller, 61, waived his right to be executed by lethal injection last month, according to WTVF, instead electing to be put to death in the electric chair.

The execution came almost two decades after the state adopted lethal injection as its preferred method.

Both inmates had argued in court that Tennessee's current method, involving the drug midazolam, involves a prolonged and torturous death.

The duo's case was thrown out - mainly because a judge said they failed to prove that a more humane alternative was available. Zagorski was executed November 1. The court, in an emailed statement, said the request for a stay was denied, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissenting.

"Such madness should not continue". If those mitigating circumstances had been presented to the jury, the petition argues, they could have helped explain Miller's attack on Standifer as an unplanned action by someone suffering from traumatic stress.

Haslam said in a one-sentence statement Thursday that he's declining to intervene in 61-year-old David Earl Miller's planned execution Thursday evening after "careful consideration" of the death row inmate's clemency request.

Moments before the execution, Miller was asked if he wanted to say anything, but his reply was not understandable. Zagorski was the first USA death row inmate since 2013 to be executed using that method, and the first in Tennessee since 2007. Before the shroud was placed over Miller's head, he faced the media witnesses and looked down.

Miller was pronounced dead at 19:25 local time on Thursday (01:25 GMT Friday) at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.

The electric chair is an available alternative to lethal injection in nine states. Dunham is the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, which doesn't take a stand on the death penalty but is critical of its application. It agreed to hear a case out of Florida after a series of botched executions there.

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Lethal injection is the state's main method of execution. Other death row inmates are continuing to challenge both of Tennessee's methods.

The execution plan comes almost two decades after Tennessee adopted lethal injection.

Zagorski's execution was delayed for about three weeks after he requested the electric chair amid a last-minute flurry of legal manoeuvres.

An inmate in the United States has chosen to be executed in the electric chair after arguing that lethal injections are not humane.

A Tennessee death row inmate has selected a last meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and coffee as he awaits word on his execution from the U.S. Supreme Court.

But the sixth U.S. circuit court of appeals ruled against the inmates on 28 November and said a firing squad was an outmoded method of execution.

David Earl Miller, 61, was convicted of killing 23-year-old Lee Standifer in 1981 in Knoxville.

Miller had been on a date with Standifer, who had mental disabilities, at the time of her slaying and the two were seen together around town the evening of May 20, 1981.

He's been on Tennessee's death row for more than 36 years now - longer than any other inmate, according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

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