Tennessee inmate receives final meal before execution Thursday evening

This undated photo released by the Tennessee Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Edmund Zagorski in Tenn. An attorney for Zagorski says his choice of death by electrocution over lethal injection is not a ploy to buy time. Kelley Henry announced Zagorski's decision Monday night, Oct. 8, 2018. He's scheduled to be executed Thursday, Oct. 11. (Tennessee Department of Corrections via AP)

UPDATE (Thursday):

The Tennessee Department of Corrections confirms Edmund Zagorski has received his final meal before his scheduled execution Thursday.

TDOC says that at 4:10 p.m., Zagorski was provided with his chosen meal of pickled pigs knuckles and pig tails.

Tennessee is scheduled to execute the double-murderer in the electric chair Thursday evening.

If it goes ahead as scheduled, 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.


The Tennessee Department of Corrections has announced what Tennessee inmate Edmund Zagorski has chosen to be his last meal before his scheduled execution Thursday.

TDOC said Wednesday that Zagorski has asked to be fed pickled pig knuckles and pig tails.

Zagorski was set to die on Oct. 11 but won a late reprieve from Gov. Bill Haslam amid a flurry of legal maneuvers. Among the issues was his request to die in the electric chair as a quicker and less painful execution method than lethal injection.

He was moved to death watch on Tuesday.

Zagorski was sentenced in 1984 for a killing two men during a drug deal.

Related: Electric chair builder worried Tennessee execution will fail

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