UPDATE:  Tennessee inmate David Earl Miller was executed on Thursday night. Time of death was 7:25 p.m.

Miller, 61, chose to die by electrocution, which was carried out at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

His final words were "beats being on death row."

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PREVIOUS STORY: Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has decided to not issue a stay of execution for condemned killer David Earl Miller.

Miller was convicted for the brutal slaying of Lee Standifer in 1981 near Knoxville.

Haslam's office issued a short statement Thursday afternoon, which reads:

“After careful consideration of David Earl Miller’s clemency request, I am declining to intervene in this case.”


PREVIOUS STORY:  (AP) - A condemned Tennessee inmate is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his Thursday execution and consider his claims that the electric chair is unconstitutional but the state's lethal injection method is worse.

Attorneys for David Earl Miller filed a petition with the high court Monday after a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the inmate.

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.

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