Tenn. bill proposes electrocution as backup to lethal injection

Tenn. bill proposes electrocution as backup to lethal injection (Image 1)
Tenn. bill proposes electrocution as backup to lethal injection (Image 1)

A Tennessee senator proposed a bill that would make electrocution available as a backup option in death penalty cases.

WBIR reports Republican Sen. Ken Yager, of Kingston, Tenn., said he wants to make electrocution the method of death if lethal injection is ever ruled unconstitutional or an essential ingredient isn't available.

Rep. Dennis Powers proposed the House companion bill.

Over the next two years, Tennessee has 10 executions scheduled, following a two-year halt due to the controversy over lethal injection drugs.

Lethal injections replaced electrocution in 2000.  Before then, electrocution was the primary form of execution in Tennessee.

Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia are the only states who still use electrocution as a secondary option.

*WBIR contributed to this report.

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