Tennessee prepares to execute blind death row inmate

Lee Hall (TDOC)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Lee Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday.

Hall has selected electrocution for his upcoming execution, a move that would make him the fourth person in the state to choose that method over lethal injection since last year.

The Department of Correction confirmed that Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr., requested the electric chair for the scheduled Dec. 5 execution.

In Tennessee, the state's primary execution method is lethal injection but inmates can choose electrocution if they were convicted of crimes before January 1999.

Hall was convicted of killing Traci Crozier in 1991 in Chattanooga. He set her car on fire while she was still inside.

Tennessee performed three executions last year. It was second only to Texas, which carried out 13. Most states have been moving away from the death penalty.

Hall had his sight when he entered death row nearly three decades ago, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma.

Hall’s attorneys say he would be just the second blind person to be executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

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