Death row inmate declines last meal choice, requests meals for homeless

Posted at 4:30 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 17:39:39-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Death row inmate Donnie Johnson opted out of selecting a last meal. Instead he asked a meal be delivered to a homeless person.

Every death row inmate is given a $20 allotment to select his or her last meal. Johnson though, will be offered the same menu that is served to the rest of the inmates in the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.

On Wednesday, Johnson's legal team released the following statement clarifying his decision.

"The decision was inspired by his friend, Philip Workman. Mr. Workman, who was also a Seventh-day Adventist, requested a vegetarian pizza be delivered to a homeless person in lieu of his last meal. His request was not honored. However, benefactors across the country delivered pizzas to homeless shelters in response. Mr. Johnson realizes that his $20 allotment will not feed many homeless people. His request is that those who have supported him provide a meal to a homeless person."

Philip Workman was executed in Tennessee in 2007.