The Latest: Condemned Tennessee man wants pig for last meal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of Tennessee inmate Edmund Zagorski (all times local):
Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski has selected his final meal before Thursday’s scheduled execution.
The Tennessee Department of Correction announced Wednesday that Zagorski’s last meal will be pickled pig knuckles and pig tails.
Death row inmates are allowed $20 for a special meal before they’re executed. In August, death row inmate Billy Ray Irick chose a combo that included a super deluxe burger, onion rings and a Pepsi.
Zagorski was originally scheduled to be executed Oct. 11, but that got delayed due to legal challenges and a last minute reprieve.
At that time, Zagorski chose to forgo having a final meal and instead eat what the rest of the inmates would eat for dinner.
Tennessee is scheduled to execute a double-murderer in the electric chair Thursday evening.
If it goes ahead as scheduled, Edmund Zagorski will be only the second person put to death by electrocution in Tennessee since 1960. Daryl Holton chose to die in the electric chair in 2007.
The last person to be executed by electrocution in the U.S. was Robert Gleason, who was put to death in Virginia in 2013.
Zagorski chose the chair after his legal challenge to Tennessee’s midazolam-based lethal injection protocol failed. His attorneys say he believes death by electrocution will be quicker, but he maintains that both methods are unconstitutional.
Zagorski was sentenced to die in 1984 for the murder of two men in a drug deal.