A Tennessee inmate set to be executed this week is asking the state to die by electric chair over lethal injection, calling the move the “lesser of two evils.”
Attorney Kelley Henry confirmed Edmund Zagorski made the request roughly two hours before the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled the state’s three-drug lethal injection protocol is constitutional. The decision paved the way for the execution of Zagorski this Thursday.
“Faced with the choice of two unconstitutional methods of execution, Mr. Zagorski has indicated that if his execution is to move forward, he believes that the electric chair is the lesser of two evils,” said Henry in an emailed statement. “10-18 minutes of drowning, suffocation, and chemical burning is unspeakable.”
Zagorski was sentenced in 1984 in the slayings of two men during a drug deal. Prosecutors said Zagorski shot John Dotson and Jimmy Porter, then slit their throats after robbing them in Robertson County in April 1983. The victims had planned to buy marijuana from Zagorski.
In Tennessee, death row inmates whose offenses came before January 1999 can choose the electric chair or lethal injection. The last time Tennessee put someone to death by electric chair was 2007.