Supreme Court denies stay of execution; David Earl Miller to be executed by electric chair

Posted: 5:17 AM, Dec 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-06 23:34:16Z
David Earl Miller to be executed
David Earl Miller to be executed

Death row inmate, 61-year-old David Earl Miller will be executed tonight by the electric chair at 7 p.m. tonight.

Miller was convicted of killing 23-year-old Lee Standifer, who was mentally disabled, in Knoxville in 1981.

Lee Standifer

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A man Miller was living with found Standifer's body naked in the yard with her hands bound and roped wrapped around her body. She had been beaten and stabbed multiple times with a fire poker.

Through the years, two trials were held and in both, Miller was convicted of first degree murder.

Miller is the second Tennessee inmate in just more than a month to choose the electric chair. His attorneys argued that the state's lethal injection method causes a prolonged and torturous death.

Governor Haslam declined Miller's clemency application , in which his attorney claimed Miller had been suffering from “severe mental illness” at the time of his crime, and that his mental state places him “far outside that group of offenders who are the worst and for whom the death penalty is reserved.”

Miller is also asking the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay of execution to address two separate legal issues. The high court declined to issue stays for either of the two other inmates executed this year.

The inmate was moved to death watch Wednesday and served his requested last meal Thursday afternoon.