(Reuters) – Tennessee plans to execute by electrical chair on Thursday a 61-year-old man who has spent greater than 36 years on the state’s dying row.
David Miller was convicted in Knox County of first-degree homicide for the 1981 killing of Lee Standifer, a 23-year-old lady. Miller has been on dying row since March 1982.
His electrocution would come a couple of month after the state executed Edmund Zagorski, a convicted double assassin, additionally by electrical chair. Earlier than Zagorski, the final time Tennessee used its electrical chair was 2007. Miller’s execution can be the third in Tennessee this 12 months.
Miller is scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday (0100 GMT Friday). His legal professional has filed for a keep to the execution with the U.S. Supreme Courtroom.
Miller believes dying by electrocution can be much less painful than by the state’s deadly injection combine, courtroom paperwork stated.
The Supreme Courtroom in October denied a problem by Tennessee dying row inmates to the state’s mixture of deadly medication, which have led to some flawed executions lately.
Deadly injection is the popular methodology of placing folks to dying in all U.S. states which have the dying penalty, in line with the Demise Penalty Data Heart.
On Nov. 2, the day after Zagorski’s execution, Miller and three different Tennessee dying row inmates filed a lawsuit in U.S. district courtroom in Nashville that argued the state’s deadly injection and electrocution protocols violate the U.S. Structure. The lawsuit stated a firing squad a less-painful various.
Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Enhancing by Steve Orlofsky