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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 1999, file photo, Ricky Bell, then the warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber. Attorneys for Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, asked a federal court to force the state to use the electric chair to execute him, rather than lethal injection. The court battle over his Thursday execution played out over a solemn background in which prison staff and volunteers said the death of the well liked inmate will leave an impact. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Tennessee still executes people with the electric chair in 2018. And it just got used on this guy

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BY CAITLYN SHELTON, WZTV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — The state of Tennessee executed an inmate by electrocution Thursday night for the first time since 2007.

Edmund Zagorski was set to die at 7 p.m. at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville and was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. The death row inmate was convicted of shooting and slitting the throats of John Dotson and Jimmy Porter, of Robertson County, during a marijuana deal in 1983.

The convicted killer received his last meal of pickled pig knuckles and pig tails at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction.

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FILE - This undated file photo released by the Tennessee Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Edmund Zagorski in Tennessee. If Tennessee electrocutes Zagorski, it will be in an electric chair built by a self-taught execution expert who is no longer welcome in the prison system. (Tennessee Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Zagorski opted for the electric chair instead of lethal injection following a slew of legal battles questioning whether the state’s three-drug cocktail is constitutional and humane. The State Supreme Court upheld that the state’s current and only lethal injection protocol is constitutional in early October.

Gov. Bill Haslam denied clemency for Zagorski on Oct. 5, but granted the death row inmate a 10-day reprieve from execution on Oct. 11 to prepare for Zagorski’s electrocution request.

Anti-death penalty groups across the state held vigils ahead of the execution. Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty gathered to protest Zagorski’s death in Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis.

Prior to Zagorski’s death, the state executed Billy Ray Irick on August 9 using the three-drug lethal injection protocol. He was convicted in the 1986 rape and murder of a young Knoxville girl he was babysitting.

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