Governor Bill Haslam has granted a 10-day reprieve for death row inmate Edmund Zagorski.
He said on Thursday, “I am granting to Edmund Zagorski a reprieve of 10 days from execution of the sentence of death imposed upon by him by a jury in 1984 which was scheduled to be carried out later today.
I take seriously the responsibility imposed upon the Tennessee Department of Correction and me by law, and given the federal court’s decision to honor Zagorski’s last-minute decision to choose electrocution as the method of execution, this brief reprieve will give all involved the time necessary to carry out the sentence in an orderly and careful manner.”
Due to the 10-day reprieve, Zagorski will be moved from death watch back to death row within the next 24 hours. The Riverbend Maximum Security Institution must be cleared by 6:15 p.m. and will remain on lockdown until Friday morning.