State will provide phone to death row inmate’s attorney during execution

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Days after a federal judge ruled the attorney for death row inmate Edmund Zagorski must have access to a phone during his client’s execution, the state says it will comply.  

The phone, according to a filing received by News 2, will be located in the official witness room adjacent to, and with visual access to, the death watch cell area and the execution chamber.  

Zagorski will be only the second person to be put to death by electrocution in Tennessee since 1960.  

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On Wednesday, Zagorski chose pickled pig knuckles and pigtails as his last meal. It will be served to him on Thursday.  

The 63-year-old man has served the second longest time on death row in Tennessee at 34 years.  

Prosecutors said Zagorski shot John Dotson and Jimmy Porter and slit their throats after robbing them in April 1983. The victims had planned to buy marijuana from Zagorski.  

Zagorski was moved to death watch on Tuesday.  During this period, Zagorski is in a cell adjacent to the execution chamber where he is under 24-hour observation by a team of correctional officers.  

Only people who are on Zagorski’s official visitation list can visit the offender during the death watch period. 

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