Sec­ond killer dies in the elec­tric chair

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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