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    David Earl Miller moved to death watch as his execution approaches

    Tennessee death row inmate David Earl Miller has been moved into a cell next to the electric chair days before his scheduled execution.

    The Tennessee Department announced the move Tuesday, as preparations for Miller's execution continued. The new cell is part of Miller's "death watch," a period of time within 72 hours of an execution, when an inmate is under 24-7 surveillance and other heightened security measures.

    Unless a court or Gov. Bill Haslam intervenes, Miller will stay in the new cell until he is put to death Thursday night. Miller, 61, has told prison officials he wants to die by the electric chair.

    What to expect: David Earl Miller is scheduled to die by electrocution Thursday

    Inmates can choose the chair over lethal injection if they were convicted of a crime that took place before 1999. The chair was used last for the execution of Edmund Zagorski on Nov. 1.

    Miller will pick a last meal. Miller is expected to pick a last meal Wednesday, which will be served in the before his execution at 7 p.m. Thursday. Death row inmates typically get $20 toward a special meal before they are executed

    State officials said they are prepared to use the electric chair.

    Here is how staff will prepare Miller for death by electrocution on Thursday, according to state documents/

    At 5 p.m., Miller will be dressed in cotton pants, a shirt and cotton socks or cloth house shoes.

    Around an hour later, prison staff will shave Miller's head and legs.

    At 7 p.m., prison staff will take Miller out of his cell next to the execution chamber. He will be led to the electric chair.

    Staff will strap Miller into the chair with an “electric chair harness and wrist straps.” Four sponges soaked in salt water will be strapped around his ankles to increase conductivity.

    At 7:10 p.m., blinds to the witness rooms will open and the warden will ask Miller for last words.

    After that, prison staff will place another sponge soaked in salt water on Miller's head. Staff will then place the electric chair “head piece” on Miller's head. They will also place a shroud around his face.

    More salt brine will be poured over the ankle sponges.

    The warden will give the signal to proceed, and the executioner will activate the electric chair.

    The electric chair will release 1,750 volts of electricity for 20 seconds, will stop for 15 seconds and then will release 1,750 volts for another 15 seconds.

    After the first wave of electricity, officials will wait five minutes and then close the blinds into the witness room.

    A doctor will check Miller for signs of life. If there are none, the doctor will pronounce him dead.

    Miller's execution seems likely to move forward — his legal options are dwindling, with long-shot requests for a stay pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Gov. Bill Haslam has not commented on Miller's request for clemency, but the governor has not stopped previous executions.

    Miller was sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of Lee Standifer, 23, in Knoxville.

    https://www.tennessean.com/story/new...ch/2203365002/
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    Death row inmate David Earl Miller selects last meal

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Tennessee death row inmate David Earl Miller has selected his last meal, which will consist of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and coffee.

    The state of Tennessee says the meal will be provided Thursday afternoon, just hours before he is scheduled to die by electrocution.

    Miller received the death penalty for the 1981 murder of 23-year-old Lee Standifer in Knoxville.

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    Days from execution, death row inmate David Earl Miller asks Gov. Bill Haslam for mercy

    Days before David Earl Miller's scheduled execution, his legal team asked Gov. Bill Haslam for mercy, saying Miller's "severe mental illness" should shield him from the death penalty.

    Miller, 61, is scheduled to die by the electric chair Thursday for the 1981 murder of Lee Standifer, 23, in Knoxville. He beat her to death with a fireplace poker and stabbed her several times.

    In a clemency request filed with Haslam's office last week, Miller's legal team said he “accepts responsibility for the death of his friend."

    But they argued that "Miller’s severe mental illness and mental state at the time of the crime place him far outside that group of offenders who are the worst and for whom the death penalty is reserved.”

    They asked that Haslam commute Miller's death sentence and allow Miller to live the rest of his life in prison instead.

    "The governor and his legal team are reviewing the petition," Haslam spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals said in a statement.

    Haslam has rejected two similar requests this year, and preparation for Miller's execution has continued this week, suggesting it would probably go on as scheduled.

    Effects of 'hellish' childhood should have blocked death penalty, lawyer said

    Miller's attorney, federal public defender Stephen Kissinger, said courts had not adequately considered “years of horrific physical abuse, sexual assault and neglect” that left Miller with post traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues that should have blocked the death penalty.

    Kissinger wrote that Miller's trial attorney had failed to seek a mental health expert's opinion during his 1987 sentencing, leaving the jury without critical mitigating information that might have informed their decision.

    Kissinger described Miller's childhood as "a continuous hellish nightmare," citing reports from social workers and mental health experts who had described abysmal living conditions, allegations of beatings and repeated rapes.

    The “endless parade of traumatic events that were substituted for David’s childhood” led to post traumatic stress disorder, hallucinations and other mental problems, Kissinger said.

    “The detailed reality of David's childhood is now revealed and experts explain how the thousands of traumas he suffered before he even reached the age of 14 led to brain damage, substance abuse, disassociation and psychosis, and finally, the tragic killing of Ms. Standifer," Kissinger wrote.

    Haslam has rejected other requests to stop executions

    Haslam has been reluctant to intervene in other death penalty cases. He declined to stop two executions earlier in 2018, saying it was not his role to interfere in cases that had been vetted by state and federal courts.

    Miller's remaining options in court seem like long shots.

    Miller has told prison officials he wants to be executed using the electric chair, although he is part of an ongoing lawsuit challenging electrocution and lethal injection. Federal district and appeals judges said the lawsuit should not delay Miller's execution.

    His legal team has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the execution, but the high court already allowed two other Tennessee executions to go forward this year.

    https://www.tennessean.com/story/new...cy/2202535002/
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    Countdown to Execution: David Earl Miller

    Nashville, Tennessee | Death Row inmate David Earl Miller facing execution in a matter of hours awaiting a ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States in hope of staying his execution.

    Miller was given a 10 day period to determine by what method of execution would his sentence be carried out. Miller opted for execution via electrocution making Miller the second inmate to be executed by this method in 2018. Edmund Zagorski was executed via electrocution on November 1st.

    Miller has selected his final meal of Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Biscuits and Coffee that are to be served to him at some point on Thursday afternoon.

    Miller has sent the last 36 years on death row after being convicted particularly henious 1981 rape, torture, murder of 23 year old mentally handicapped Lee Standifer in Knoxville.

    At the time of Standifer’s May 20th 1981 murder, she and Miller had been seeing each other. Their intimate relationship however did not stop Miller from raping, torturing, beating, stabbing Standifer to death.

    The 61 year old longest serving inmate in the state of Tennessee is scheduled to be executed at 7 PM on Thursday December 6th. Baring no legal intervention, Miller will become the 1488th inmate to be executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

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    Tennessee to electrocute second inmate in as many months

    By Travis Loller
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    NASHVILLE -- A Tennessee inmate is scheduled to become the second person to die in the state's electric chair in as many months Thursday evening, nearly two decades after Tennessee adopted lethal injection as its preferred method of execution.

    Both David Earl Miller, 61, and Edmund Zagorski before him chose the electric chair over lethal injection, a process that 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. They pointed to the August execution of Billy Ray Irick, which took around 20 minutes during which he was observed coughing and huffing before turning a dark purple.

    Their case was thrown out, largely because a judge said they failed to prove that a more humane alternative was available. Zagorski was executed Nov. 1.

    In recent decades, states have moved away from the electric chair, and no state now uses electrocution as its main execution method, said Robert Dunham. Dunham is the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, which doesn't take a stand on the death penalty but is critical of its application.

    Georgia and Nebraska courts both have ruled the electric chair unconstitutional, and about two decades ago it looked as though the U.S. Supreme Court would weigh in on the issue. It agreed to hear a case out of Florida after a series of botched executions there. But Florida adopted lethal injection, and the case was dropped.

    Dunham said he wasn't aware of any state other than Tennessee where inmates were choosing electrocution over lethal injection.

    In Tennessee, inmates whose crimes were committed before 1999 can chose electrocution over lethal injection. Zagorski's execution was delayed about three weeks after he requested the electric chair amid a last-minute flurry of legal manoeuvrs. The state initially refused his request until a federal court judge ordered the state to comply.

    Gov. Bill Haslam ordered a brief reprieve to "give all involved the time necessary to carry out the sentence in an orderly and careful manner."

    The builder of Tennessee's electric chair warned that it could malfunction, but Zagorski's execution seemed to be carried out without incident. It was only the second time Tennessee had put an inmate to death in the electric chair since 1960.

    The courts have said Miller can't challenge the constitutionality of the electric chair because he chose it, even though his attorneys have argued the choice was coerced by the threat of something even worse.

    Miller was convicted of killing 23-year-old Lee Standifer in 1981 in Knoxville. Standifer was a mentally handicapped woman who had been on a date with Miller the night she was repeatedly beaten, stabbed and then dragged into some woods.

    Miller has spent 36 years on Tennessee's death row, the longest of any inmate.

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    Tennessee governor won't intervene in David Miller execution

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam won't intervene in what would be the state's second execution by electric chair in as many months.

    Haslam said in a one-sentence statement Thursday that he's declining to intervene in 61-year-old David Earl Miller's planned execution Thursday evening after "careful consideration" of the death row inmate's clemency request.

    Miller chose the electric chair as allowed by authorities. The last inmate to choose the chair, Edmund Zagorksi, was executed Nov. 1. Both had unsuccessfully argued in court that Tennessee's lethal injection method causes a prolonged and torturous death.

    Miller was convicted of the 1981 killing of a 23-year-old mentally handicapped woman, Lee Standifer, in Knoxville. Miller has spent 36 years on death row, the longest of any Tennessee inmate.

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    US Supreme Court has DENIED Miller a stay of execution. Miller is to die as scheduled for 7pm at Riverbend. Justice Sotomayor dissented.

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    Video of the Media Conference after the execution.

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    Tennessee electrocutes inmate David Earl Miller for 1981 slaying of mentally disabled woman

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has executed its longest-serving death row inmate, who became the second person put to death in the state's electric chair in just over a month. Corrections officials say David Earl Miller, 61, was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m. Thursday at a Nashville maximum-security prison.

    Miller was convicted of killing 23-year-old Lee Standifer in 1981 in Knoxville. Standifer was a mentally disabled woman who had been on a date with Miller the night she was repeatedly beaten, stabbed and dragged into some woods.

    Miller spent 36 years on Tennessee's death row, the longest of any inmate.

    Both Miller and 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. They pointed 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 was executed Nov. 1. Gov. 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."

    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.

    In recent decades, states have moved away from the electric chair, and no state now uses electrocution as its main execution method, said Robert Dunham. Dunham is the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, which doesn't take a stand on the death penalty but is critical of its application.

    Georgia and Nebraska courts both have ruled the electric chair unconstitutional, and about two decades ago it looked as though the U.S. Supreme Court would weigh in on the issue. It agreed to hear a case out of Florida after a series of botched executions there. But Florida adopted lethal injection, and the case was dropped.

    Dunham said he wasn't aware of any state other than Tennessee where inmates were choosing electrocution over lethal injection.

    In Tennessee, inmates whose crimes were committed before 1999 can chose electrocution over lethal injection.

    Prior to Zagorski's execution, the builder of Tennessee's electric chair had warned that it could malfunction, but Zagorski's and Miller's executions appeared to be carried out without incident. Miller's death was only the third time Tennessee had put an inmate to death in the electric chair since 1960.

    The courts said Miller couldn't challenge the constitutionality of the electric chair because he chose it, even though his attorneys argued the choice was coerced by the threat of something even worse.

    Miller was convicted of killing 23-year-old Lee Standifer in 1981 in Knoxville. Standifer was a mentally disabled woman who had been on a date with Miller the night she was repeatedly beaten, stabbed and dragged into some woods.

    Miller spent 36 years on Tennessee's death row, the longest of any inmate.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/david-e...ay-2018-12-06/
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