Tennessee executes longest serving Death Row inmate David Earl Miller – Mirror Online
Tennessee’s longest serving Death Row inmate has been executed after 36 years locked up in jail waiting to die.
David Earl Miller was put to death by electric chair at the state’s death chamber on Thursday evening.
Miller was convicted of murdering of 23-year-old woman Lee Standifer in Knoxville.
Ms Standifer suffered a mental impairment and had gone on a date with Miller before he repeatedly beat and stabbed her.
He then dragged and dumped her body into the woods.
Miller, 61, chose the electric chair over lethal injection after citing the August execution of prisoner Billy Ray Irick.
Irick’s death took 20 minutes – during which he was observed coughing and huffing before turning a dark purple,reports ABC .
Robert Dunham, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Centre said certain states have moved away from the electric chair in recent decade, and no state now uses it as a main method if execution.
Earlier this year it was reported Billy Ray Irick, 59 when he died, chose to dine on a burger, onion rings and a Pepsi before he takes his final breaths.
He was sentenced to death for the rape of seven-year-old Paula Dyer.
Irick attacked her twice before strangling her to death.
The twisted monster was supposed to be looking after little Paula along with her four siblings when he launched his murderous attack in April 1985 at the home he had been living for the past year in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Paula’s parents Kenny and Kathy had taken Irick under their wing, when he was 26, after hearing of his traumatic childhood where he endured years of abuse, and battled with drink and drugs.
He was working as a dishwasher when he met Kenny and they struck up a friendship. Irick was then introduced to Kathy and moved into their family home along with five of their eight children.
But on the morning of Paula’s murder, Irick had argued with Kathy and she kicked him out. And, although hesitant, she had no choice but to let him babysit while she went to work as no one else was available.
Just hours later, Irick called Kenny and told him he was “unable to wake Paula up.”
Paula was found half-naked on her mother’s bed with a puddle of blood between her legs. She was taken to hospital where doctors tried for 45 minutes to save her.
The judge, John James Duncan Jr, described the incident as the most brutal case in his career.