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    State uses electric chair for first time since 1960

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- A man convicted of murdering four children with an assault rifle was executed Wednesday, becoming the first Tennessee inmate put to death by electrocution since 1960.

    Daryl Holton confessed to killing his three sons and their half-sister with an assault rifle.

    Daryl Holton, 45, had confessed to shooting his three young sons and their half-sister in 1997 in the town of Shelbyville, about 50 miles south of Nashville.

    Holton told police he killed the children because his ex-wife had refused to let him see them. He said he intended to kill her and himself, but instead turned himself in.

    As the hours ticked away Tuesday night, a group of attorneys petitioned the state Supreme Court to stop the electrocution, saying the execution method was cruel and unusual punishment. But the court rejected the petition.

    Holton chose the electric chair over the state's preferred execution method, lethal injection. Under Tennessee law, death row inmates can choose between the electric chair and lethal injection if their crimes were committed before 1999.

    Holton, a Gulf War veteran, confessed to the 1997 killings, saying he lined up the children at his uncle's auto repair garage and shot them.

    Holton, 45, came within a day of being executed a year ago before getting a stay from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal. He was also among four death row inmates whose executions were postponed in February, when Gov. Phil Bredesen placed a 90-day moratorium on the death penalty.

    Bredesen had cited a number of problems with the state's execution guidelines, including a jumble of conflicting instructions that mixed lethal injection instructions with those for the electric chair.

    The Correction Department completed the revision of its procedures in March, the moratorium was allowed to expire and the four executions were rescheduled.

    Holton made no special requests for his last meal, said state Department of Correction spokeswoman Dorinda Carter.

    His lawyers have said he has a long history of mental illness and may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from his Army service.

    Nine states allow some or all condemned inmates to choose between lethal injection and another execution method, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a research group that opposes the death penalty. Ten states have the electric chair, but only Nebraska uses it exclusively.

    The last Tennessee inmate to die by electric chair was convicted rapist William Tines, who was executed November 7, 1960.

    Virginia inmate Brandon Hedrick was the last person executed by electric chair in the U.S., on July 20, 2006, according to the center.
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    good riddance!!!!!
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    The famous electric chair used in the state of Florida is nicknamed "Old Sparky". Judges sentencing a person to death in it casually refer to it's use as "Ride The Lightning".
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    I don't know if death by Old Sparky is less painful that gettin' the lethal cocktail. I've been shocked pretty good before and it was painful as shizzat. I don't why this guy chose Old Sparky, but it couldn't have been being the less painful of the two. Anybody ever see The Green Mile where the guy gets electrocuted and it goes wrong
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buschman View Post
    I don't know if death by Old Sparky is less painful that gettin' the lethal cocktail. I've been shocked pretty good before and it was painful as shizzat. I don't why this guy chose Old Sparky, but it couldn't have been being the less painful of the two. Anybody ever see The Green Mile where the guy gets electrocuted and it goes wrong
    If the injection is done properly, it is less painful. But.....

    All the hooplah about lethal injection not being humane is that there are signs now that not enough of one drug(whatever it is called) is being used in the process. Apparently, if too little is used, the person becomes paralized and endures 2-3 minutes of the most intense pain known to man.

    To this I say.....why is any of it used anyway?????

    That and the alcohol swab.....WTF???

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    Holton, a Gulf War veteran, confessed to the 1997 killings, saying he lined up the children at his uncle's auto repair garage and shot them.
    WTF!!

    Public stoning would have been better than the lightning for him. People like this need to suffer more extreme pain and ridicule as they die.

    I envy the man that gets to pull the switch. They should have a lottery so someone could win the honor of pulling the switch on this guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wruff_ajax View Post
    ...People like this need to suffer more extreme pain and ridicule as they die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy 150 View Post

    That and the alcohol swab.....WTF???
    DUH! its because you wouldnt want them to get an infection now, would ya?


    hell....i say the more suffering they go thru the better. drag it out.
    serves em right and maybe ppl will think twice about their actions before doing something stupid.
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