Tennessee execution: David Miller chooses last meal

Posted at 10:38 AM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-05 11:44:04-05

Tennessee inmate David Miller has chosen his last meal before Thursday’s scheduled execution. 

The Tennessee Department of Correction said Miller chose fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and coffee. The meal will be provided to him Thursday afternoon. 

On Tuesday, he was moved to death watch – a three-day period in which strict guidelines are implemented to maintain security and control. During this time, Miller will remain in a cell adjacent to the execution chamber where he will be under 24-hour observation by a team of correctional officers. 

Miller has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution and consider his claims that the electric chair is unconstitutional but the state's lethal injection method is worse.

Miller has chosen to die by electrocution, the second Tennessee inmate in just more than a month to make that choice. His attorneys have argued that Tennessee's preferred execution method of midazolam-based lethal injection cause a prolonged and torturous death.

The 6th Circuit ruled that Miller could not challenge electrocution because he chose that method. His attorneys argue the choice was coerced by the threat of something even worse.