Death Row Inmate Chooses the Electric Chair

A Tennessee inmate facing an execution date next month has opted to die by the electric chair. The choice makes inmate Nicholas Sutton the fifth Tennessee inmate in a little over a year to choose electrocution over the state’s preferred method of lethal injection.

Sutton was convicted over 30 years ago of stabbing and killing a fellow inmate. He’d asked for clemency after he says he turned his life around and actually saved a prison guard during a riot.

Virginia is the only other state to use the chair this decade and hasn’t done so since 2013. Tennessee inmates have unsuccessfully argued in court that the way the state carries out lethal injection results in a prolonged and agonizing death.

Sutton’s execution is scheduled for February 20th.

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