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A Tennessee inmate has become the second person to be executed in just over a month - after being on death row for 36 years.
David Earl Miller, 61, was pronounced dead at 7:25pm on Thursday at a Nashville maximum-security prison, corrections officials said.
Miller - Edmund - Zagorski - Chair - Injection
Both Miller and inmate Edmund Zagorski before him chose the electric chair over lethal injection, a process proponents said would be painless and humane.
But the inmates argued in court that Tennessee's current midazolam-based method causes a prolonged and torturous death.
State - Injection - Method - Execution - Years
The state adopted lethal injection as its preferred method of execution almost 20 years ago but both inmates point to the August execution of Billy Ray Irick, which took around 20 minutes and during which he coughed and huffed before turning a dark purple.
Their case was thrown out, largely because a judge said they failed to prove a more humane alternative was available.
Zagorski - November - Governor - Bill - Haslam
Zagorski was executed November 1 and Governor Bill Haslam declined Thursday to intervene in Miller's execution.
Moments before the execution, Miller was asked if he wanted to say anything, but his reply was not understandable. He was asked again and his attorney clarified that he was saying, 'Beats being on death row.'
Jumpsuit - Miller - Water - Sponges - Head
Wearing a cream-colored jumpsuit, Miller was dripping with water from the sponges that were applied to his head. Before the shroud was placed over Miller's head, he faced the media witnesses and looked down.
Two jolts of electricity were administered, causing his muscles to clench. Blinds were lowered and he was pronounced dead minutes later.
Decades - States - Chair - State - Electrocution
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