TN Death Row Inmate Chooses Electric Chair

A Tennessee inmate makes a last minute request to be put to death in the electric chair instead of dying by lethal injection.

The Department of Correction says 56-year-old Stephen West made the request ahead of his Thursday execution. Offenders who were sentenced to death before January 1999 can request electrocution.  The Governor has denied West’s clemency application.

West was convicted of the 1986 kidnapping and stabbing deaths of an Union County mother and her 15-year-old daughter, and of raping the teen. West has said his then-17-year-old accomplice killed both victims. The co-defendant received a life sentence, with parole possible in 2030.

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