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Tennessee death row inmate chooses electrocution over injection

By Danielle Haynes

Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Tennessee death row inmate David Earl Miller on Monday chose electrocution over lethal injection as his method of execution next month.

The 61-year-old made his decision with a handwritten letter to the Riverbed Maximum Security Institution warden. He is scheduled for execution Dec. 6.

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Earlier this month Miller, along with three other death row inmates sued to be killed by firing squad, which is not one of Tennessee's approved methods of execution. The suit said a firing squad would be faster and less painful than lethal injection or electrocution.

Miller's lawyers argued the state's current three-drug lethal injection drug cocktail, which includes midazolam to leave the inmate unable to feel pain, the paralytic vecuronium bromide and killing agent potassium chloride, is not effective and tortures the inmates in a death that could take more than 15 minutes.

Miller is facing the death penalty for the 1981 murder of Lee Standifer.

Tennessee used the electric chair for the first time since 2007 on Nov. 1 with the execution of Edmund Zagorski.

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