Death row inmate chooses electric chair over 'inhumane' lethal injection

Tennessee executes murderer with electric chair

Death row inmate chooses electric chair over 'inhumane' lethal injection

On Thursday at 7 p.m., barring any last-minute court or political intervention, it will be Miller's turn.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam won't intervene in what would be the state's second execution by electric chair in as many months.

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.

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Tennessee inmates have had no luck convincing courts to strike down the state's three-drug method of lethal injection, which they argue causes prolonged pain. Miller was placed on death watch Tuesday despite his legal team's work to delay the execution.

Miller's attorney filed a clemency application that claims his client's abusive childhood and mental state at the time put him "far outside that group of offenders who are the worst and for whom the death penalty is reserved". But 61-year-old David Earl Miller chose the electric chair as allowed by authorities.

Dunham said he wasn't aware of any state other than Tennessee where inmates were choosing electrocution over lethal injection. A federal appeals court did not side with Miller, so now the U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to weigh in.

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In Tennessee, inmates whose crimes were committed before 1999 can chose electrocution over lethal injection.

First used in 1890, execution by electric chair was developed as a "humane alternative" to hanging. He has spent 36 years on death row, the longest of any Tennessee inmate.

David Earl Miller used a fire poker to repeatedly bludgeon and stab Lee Standifer, a young woman who was born with mild brain damage and with whom he was on a first date almost 40 years ago when he suddenly decided she had to die.

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FILE - In this October 13, 1999, file photo, Ricky Bell, then the warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber. David Earl Miller, a Tennessee death row inmate, was waiting Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court or the governor would halt his Thursday execution in the electric chair.

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