Sources: Death row inmate opts for electric chair instead of lethal injection

Edmund Zagorski (Tennessee Department of Corrections)

Sources close to the Edmund Zagorski case say the death row inmate has opted for the electric chair instead of lethal injection. Zagorski is slated for execution on October 11.

Zagorski was convicted of shooting and slitting the throats of John Dotson and Jimmy Porter, of Robertson County, during a marijuana deal in 1983. Governor Bill Haslam denied clemency for Zagorski on October 5.

The news comes after the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld that the state's current lethal injection protocol is constitutional. Critics say the three-drug cocktail does not work properly, causing "torturous effects."

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