Haslam: Tennessee ready to use electric chair for execution


This undated photo released by the Tennessee Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Edmund Zagorski in Tenn. An attorney for Zagorski says his choice of death by electrocution over lethal injection is not a ploy to buy time. Kelley Henry announced Zagorski’s decision Monday night, Oct. 8, 2018. He’s scheduled to be executed Thursday, Oct. 11. (Tennessee Department of Corrections via AP)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the state is prepared to execute death row inmate Edmund Zagorski using the electric chair.

Haslam told reporters Thursday he is not reconsidering granting Zagorski clemency despite issuing a 10-day reprieve last week that delayed the inmate’s execution. Among the reasons Haslam handed down a reprieve was Zagorski’s request to die in the electric chair as a quicker and less painful execution method than lethal injection.

Haslam says the state has been ready to use the electric chair since Oct. 11 — the day of Zagorski’s original execution.

No new execution date has been set, but court documents indicate he could be executed as early as Oct. 28.

Zagorski was sentenced to death in 1984 for killing two men he robbed during a drug deal.

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