Edmund Zagorski has been moved to death watch ahead of Thursday’s scheduled execution.
The Tennessee Department of Correction said Zagorski was moved Tuesday morning in accordance with death watch protocol – a three-day period in which strict guidelines are implemented to maintain security and control.
During this time, Zagorski will remain in a cell adjacent to the execution chamber where he will be under 24-hour observation by a team of correctional officers.
Zagorski has chosen the electric chair instead of the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol. However, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told NewsChannel 5 Tennessee Department of Corrections said that they will not use the Electric chair. They said it is too late to make the change.
He was one of 33 inmates who filed a lawsuit, claiming the drug cocktail used in lethal injections causes the condemned to suffer. However, the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld the state’s lethal injection protocol.