Second killer dies in the electric chair
TENNESSEE has executed its longest-serving death row inmate, who became the second person put to death in the state’s electric chair in just over a month.
David Earl Miller, 61, was pronounced dead at 7.25pm on Thursday at a Nashville maximumsecurity prison.
Both Miller and Edmund Zagorski before him chose the electric chair over lethal injection.
The inmates argued in court that Tennessee’s current midazolam-based method causes a prolonged and torturous death.
They pointed to the August execution of Billy Ray Irick, which took around 20 minutes and during which he coughed and huffed before turning a dark purple.
Miller was convicted of the 1981 murder of a mentally handicapped woman. He had been on death row for 36 years.
Governor Bill Haslam refused to intervene in Miller’s execution.
In recent decades, states have moved away from the electric chair, and no state now uses electrocution as its main execution method.
Georgia and Nebraska courts both have ruled the electric chair unconstitutional.
In Tennessee, inmates whose crimes were committed before 1999 can chose electrocution.