Tennessee inmate scheduled to die in electric chair

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Edmund Zagorski

Tennessee is scheduled to execute a man convicted in a double-murderer in Robertson County in the electric chair Thursday evening.

If it goes ahead as scheduled, Edmund Zagorski will be only the second person put to death by electrocution in Tennessee since 1960. Daryl Holton chose to die in the electric chair in 2007.

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The last person to be executed by electrocution in the U.S. was Robert Gleason, who was put to death in Virginia in 2013.

Zagorski chose the chair after his legal challenge to Tennessee’s midazolam-based lethal injection protocol failed. His attorneys say he believes death by electrocution will be quicker, but he maintains that both methods are unconstitutional.

Zagorski chose pickled pig knuckles and pigtails as his last meal. 

The department said he will be provided his last meal Thursday. 

The 63-year-old man has been on death row for 34 years, which is the second longest in Tennessee.  

He was sentenced in the killings of John Dotson and Jimmy Porter.  

Prosecutors said Zagorski shot the men and slit their throats after robbing them in April 1983. The victims had planned to buy marijuana from Zagorski. 

He was moved to death watch ahead of the execution 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 the Zagorski’s official visitation list are allowed to visit the offender during the death watch period. 

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