NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Convicted killer, Edmund Zagorski's, life was spared for at least ten more days after Governor Bill Haslam granted him temporary reprieve of execution.
He was convicted in the 1983 murders of two men in which he robbed them, then shot them and slit their throats.
The widow of one of his victims, Marsha Dotson, released a statement in response to the Governor's temporary reprieve.
“I think it’s messed up. If the Governor had given Edmund life without parole I wouldn’t have been through this. I’ve waited 35 years for this. I’ve had to relive 1983 over again for no damn reason. I’ve had a stroke before and this is so stressful I’m liable to have another one. Shame he always seems to get his way and the victims family has to suffer heartaches all over again for no reason except for Zagorski to get his way. I’m so tired of all the BS. The devil inside Zagorski is fighting God hard over this. I’m praying it will be over soon for all involved.”
His request was denied; however on Thursday, his attorney said the district court judge issued an order barring the use of lethal injection if his execution is ordered to continue Thursday night. This order can also be appealed.
“Tennessee’s death penalty statute makes it clear that Mr. Zagorski has the right to choose execution by electrocution. While being burned alive and mutilated via electricity is not a good death, Mr. Zagorski knows that death by electric chair will be much quicker than lethal injection using midazolam, a paralytic, and potassium chloride," his attorney, Kelley Henry, said in a statement.
The Tennessee Supreme Court also threw out his appeal claiming the three-drug execution cocktail is unconstitutional. He was one of 33 inmates who filed a lawsuit, claiming the drug cocktail used in lethal injections causes the condemned to suffer.
Zagorski was put on death watch and has decided to forgo his last meal. He was removed from death watch within 24 hours of the temporary reprieve being issued.