Deadline extended for Tenn. death row inmate's execution choice

David Earl Miller has until Monday to decide whether he wants to die by lethal injection or electrocution


Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee says it will extend the deadline by which a death row inmate has to choose between electrocution and lethal injection.

In a court filing Tuesday, attorneys for the state said they will give David Earl Miller until the end of the day Monday to decide.

Tennessee inmates whose crimes occurred before 1999 can choose lethal injection or the electric chair.

The extension of Miller's deadline to choose is a response to a federal lawsuit he filed challenging both methods of execution. The court on Tuesday declined to take up the case.

Miller also has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the execution.

Miller is scheduled to die Dec. 6 for the 1981 murder of Lee Standifer.

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