Before Holton's execution, Tennessee had not used the electric chair in 47 years.
Edmund Zagorski was executed by electric chair Thursday in a Nashville, Tenn., prison after challenging the constitutionality of lethal injection drugs and then choosing instead to die by electrocution.
A court has rejected the latest legal challenge by death row inmate Edmund Zagorski to his scheduled November 1 execution, finding "this late-hour appeal to be meritless". But once the men were in the woods, Zagorski shot them both, slit their throats and stole their cash, court records show.
In an order two minutes before the scheduled execution, the Supreme Court denied the stay.
Only nine U.S. states still use the electric chair as a form of capital punishment.
By Tennessee law, any person convicted of a capital offense before January 1, 1999, may choose electrocution.
Since 1960, Tennessee has only used electrocution once, and that was 2007.
In 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that the use of midazolam in lethal injections is not a violation of the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
"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", attorney Kelley Henry said.
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ERROR: Macro /ads/dfp-ad-article-new is missing! He had been convicted in April 1983 of murdering two men - robbing them and slitting their throats during a drug deal. The state came close to administering an injection to Zagorski three weeks ago, a plan halted by Tennessee's governor when Zagorski exercised his right to request the electric chair.
Shortly afterward, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to the electric chair. He opted for this method of execution over a lethal injection.
Edmund Zagorski is scheduled to be executed at chair 7 p.m. CDT Thursday at a maximum-security prison in Nashville.
At the time of Zagorski's conviction, Tennessee juries were not given the option of considering life without parole.
Tennessee is scheduled to execute a double-murderer in the electric chair Thursday evening.
Midazolam has been the focus of numerous legal challenges in death penalty cases as lawyers have argued it can not adequately prevent suffering during executions.
The device was originally rebuilt in the late 1980s by a self-taught execution expert who had anxious the device would malfunction on Thursday. Daryl Holton chose to die in the electric chair in 2007.
The 63-year-old death row inmate's legal challenge focused on objections to the constitutionality of the electric chair.
The Tennessean reported that about eight of his family members and friends arrived at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville to view the killing. There some raised a banner with the words: "A Free Tennessee is Execution-Free".