Tennessee man asks governor for mercy as he faces electric chair

Tennessee executes murderer with electric chair

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

The 61-year-old, who has spent nearly all of his adult life on death row, is scheduled to die Thursday night.

This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows death row inmate David Earl Miller in Nashville, Tenn. Both had unsuccessfully argued in court that Tennessee's lethal injection method causes a prolonged and torturous death. Miller's execution would be the third in Tennessee this year.

Lethal injection is the preferred method of putting people to death in all US states that have the death penalty, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. But 61-year-old David Earl Miller chose the electric chair as allowed by authorities.

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Miller chose the electric chair over lethal injection.

Miller believes death by electrocution would be less painful than by the state's lethal injection mix, court documents said.

The execution plan comes almost two decades after Tennessee adopted lethal injection. His attorney has filed for a stay to the execution with the U.S. Supreme Court. Zagorski's execution was delayed about three weeks after he requested the electric chair amid a last-minute flurry of legal maneuvers. The state initially refused his request until a federal court judge ordered the state to comply.

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam denied a clemency application made by Miller's legal team.

An inmate in the U.S. has chosen to be executed in the electric chair after arguing that lethal injections are not humane.

The builder of Tennessee's electric chair warned that it could malfunction, but Zagorski's execution seemed to be carried out without incident.

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Miller was convicted of murdering a young woman with an intellectual disability in 1981. Standifer was beaten to death with a fireplace poker and stabbed several times. He'll eat a final meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and coffee before he's strapped in the electric chair - which he asked to be used to kill him instead of lethal injection, the Tennessean reported. Miller has been on death row since March 1982. He was the second inmate in more than a month to choose electrocution.

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