Murderer WILL be executed after last meal of pickled pigs knuckles and tails

A double-murderer will be executed in the electric chair on Thursday evening after a last meal of pickled pig knuckles and tails.

Edmund Zagorski, 63, is set to die after a court late on Wednesday rejected a last-minute appeal to stop his execution.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeal said it found the legal challenge arguing the use of the electric chair was unconstitutional to be 'meritless,' The Tennessean reports.

They said he could not choose his method of execution and then also challenge it.

Zagorski, 63, is set to die after a court late on Wednesday rejected a last-minute appeal to stop his execution

Edmund Zagorski (left and right) will be executed in the electric chair on Thursday evening after a last meal of pickled pig knuckles and tails

He chose pickled pig knuckles and pig tails as his last meal on Wednesday. A stock photo shows cooked pig tails

He chose pickled pig knuckles and pig tails as his last meal on Wednesday. A stock photo shows cooked pig tails

Zagorski chose the chair after his legal challenge to Tennessee's midazolam-based lethal injection protocol failed.

His attorneys say he believes death by electrocution will be quicker, but he maintains that both methods are unconstitutional.

Zagorski's attorney Kelley Henry said she planned to appeal the court's decision to the Supreme Court on Thursday morning, the Tennessean reports.

A request for an execution stay based on claims of ineffective counsel at trial also remains open.

Zagorski was set to die on October 11 but won a late reprieve from Governor Bill Haslam amid a flurry of legal maneuvers. 

His execution is now scheduled for Thursday evening and he chose pickled pig knuckles and pig tails as his last meal on Wednesday, according to the Tennessean.

Zagorski was sentenced to die in 1984 for the murder of two men in a drug deal.

He asked for death by electrocution on October 8 after Tennessee's Supreme Court upheld the state's controversial lethal injection cocktail.

Experts have said it would cause an extremely painful death.

Tennessee's electric chair Ricky Bell, the warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber

Tennessee's electric chair Ricky Bell, the warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber

Zagorski said he would rather have 35 seconds in total of two 1,750 volt shocks over the injection that could take up to 18 minutes to kill him.

He will be only the second person put to death by electrocution in Tennessee since 1960. Daryl Holton chose to die in the electric chair in 2007.

The last person to be executed by electrocution in the United States was Robert Gleason, who was put to death in Virginia in 2013.

Tennessee's electric chair was inspected on October 10 of this year and found to meet the criteria for an execution, state documents show.

But the self-taught execution expert who built it is worried the device will malfunction.

Fred Leuchter had a successful career in the execution business before his reputation was tainted by his claim that there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz. He is no longer welcome in the prison system.

Tennessee's chair is just one of many execution devices Leuchter worked on between 1979 and 1990, according to an article by Fordham University professor Deborah Denno in the William and Mary Law Review.

Attorney Kelley Henry argues before the Tennessee Supreme Court that the latest three-drug cocktail used in executions will cause excruciating pain on October 3, 2018

Attorney Kelley Henry argues before the Tennessee

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