Ten­nessee says court should re­ject death row in­mate’s plea

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OBITUARIES -

At­tor­neys for the state of Ten­nessee say the courts should re­ject a plea by con­demned in­mate David Earl Miller to halt his ex­e­cu­tion.

Miller is sched­uled to be ex­e­cuted Dec. 6. He has filed a law­suit in fed­eral court in Nashville ar­gu­ing that elec­tro­cu­tion is un­con­sti­tu­tional and lethal in­jec­tion is even worse. Miller sug­gests in his suit that the fir­ing squad would be a more hu­mane method of ex­e­cu­tion than ei­ther of the meth­ods cur­rently prac­ticed in Ten­nessee.

In a response filed Fri­day, at­tor­neys for the state say Miller’s claims have al­ready been de­cided by the court. They say Miller’s ex­e­cu­tion has been de­layed twice to al­low chal­lenges to Ten­nessee’s lethal in­jec­tion meth­ods.

The state has given Miller un­til Nov. 20 to choose be­tween lethal in­jec­tion and the elec­tric chair.

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