Inside Edmund Zagorski's Crimes that Put Him on Death Row

Posted at 10:49 PM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-08 17:28:15-04

The state is just 5 days away from the scheduled execution of its next death row inmate.

This week, Governor Haslam refused to step in to stop it.

A double murder back in 1983 put Edmund Zagorski, 28 years old at the time, on death row.

A jury convicted Zagorski of killing John Dotson and Jimmy Porter, one of whom Zagorski met at the Lakeland Trout Farm in Hickman County.

Zagorski set up a bogus drug deal in Robertson County, but then shot Dotson and Porter, then slit their throats, letting them bleed to death.

He then fled to Ohio where he got into a shootout with police.  One officer, who Zagorski shot five times, miraculously survived.

Zagorski was brought back to Tennessee with a trove of evidence: high powered weapons, body armor and thousands of dollars in cash.

In refusing to grant clemency this week, the Governor said even though Zagorski has shown good behavior while in prison, it doesn't undo the severity of his crimes.

The State Supreme Court is currently deciding whether the state's current three-drug lethal injection mix is legal in Tennessee.  A ruling in favor of the death row inmates would delay Zagorski's execution.