An earlier verdict passed by a United States law court has been overturned as a death row inmate requesting to die by electric chair in protest over Tennessee’s controversial lethal injection process has been granted a stay of execution.
The inmate, Edmund Zagorski, who was set to be executed on Thursday, was handed a reprieve by appeals court judges after they agreed to examine claims he did not receive adequate representation at trial.
The order comes as the prisoner is locked in another legal challenge against state officials in a bid to prevent them from killing him using a three-drug lethal injection.
Zagorski had requested to die by electrocution due to concerns over the injection process used in Tennessee, which some medical experts claim causes inmates excruciating pain.
However, the state’s department of corrections says it will not respect his wishes, insisting his execution will be carried out using a cocktail of midazolam, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride.
But Zagorski, who was sentenced to death in 1984 over a brutal murder of two men during a drug deal, further argued that Tennessee law allows those convicted of crimes before 2000 to choose their method of execution.
Meanwhile, no new date has been set for the sentenced to be carried out.