Tennessee death row inmate: electric chair last meal, fried chicken
6th December 2018

Tennessee’s longest serving death row inmate set for the electric chair on Thursday chooses his last meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and biscuits after 36-years behind bars

  • David Earl Miller, 61 is on death row for 36-years, to be electrocuted Thursday
  • Miller killed a 23-year-old mentally handicapped Lee Standifer in 1981
  • He is the longest prisoner to be on Tennessee’s death row- he has opted to be electrocuted after his lawyers claim lethal injection is inhumane  
  • Miller has requested a last meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and biscuts

David Earl Miller, 61, is set to be electrocuted Thursday 

A Tennessee death row inmate has selected a last meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and coffee as he awaits word on his execution from the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Tennessee Department of Correction says David Earl Miller will be served the meal on Thursday afternoon.

The 61-year-old inmate is scheduled to die in the electric chair at 7pm that day.

Miller chose electrocution, as did Edmund Zagorski a month ago. 

They lost a lawsuit claiming Tennessee’s midazolam-based lethal injection method causes a prolonged and torturous death.

Miller still has two last-minute petitions asking the justices to halt his execution.

He was convicted of killing a 23-year-old mentally handicapped woman in 1981 in Knoxville.  

Miller killed a 23-year-old mentally handicapped Lee Standifer (left) in 1981. He has chosen the electric chair (pictured, where Miller is set to be killed at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville) after his lawyers argued lethal injection is inhumane 

Miller, who has been on death row for 36 years, was sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of 23-year-old Lee Standifer in Knoxville.

Miller has requested his last mean be fried chicken, mashed potatoes and biscuits 

He has spent the longest amount of time on death row that any other Tennessee inmate. 

‘It was just a series of random events that led him here and to her and to her innocent life,’ Jim Winston, a retired Knoxville Police Department lieutenant who worked the case from the first night told Knox News. 

‘She was just starting a life on her own, and he took all that away from her. What she could have been or what her future might have been if she could have lived … we’ll never know.’ 

‘She was naive and trusting, like an innocent child,’ Winston added.

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‘He was a handsome guy. They were about the same age. She would have had no idea. A date to her was probably a walk around the mall, holding hands or him buying her a Coke – and probably buying it with her money.’

Miller has chosen to die by electrocution, the second Tennessee inmate in just more than a month to make that choice. 

His attorneys have argued that Tennessee’s preferred execution method of midazolam-based lethal injection cause a prolonged and torturous death.

The 6th Circuit ruled that Miller could not challenge electrocution because he chose that method. 

His attorneys argue the choice was coerced by the threat of something even worse.

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