Tennessee plans for first electrocution in nearly 47 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Daryl Holton could become the first prisoner to die by electrocution in Tennssee since 1960.

Nearly 10 years ago, the Gulf War veteran told police he killed his three young sons and their half-sister with a semiautomatic assault rife. According to court records, their bodies were found stacked like firewood under a tarp.

The 45-year-old Holton is now scheduled to die Wednesday at 1 a.m. CDT.

Like most other states with the death penalty, Tennessee's preferred method is lethal injection. But state law allows inmates to choose between the two methods if their crimes were committed before 1999.

Holton's attorneys have said attorney-client privilege forbids them from saying why Holton chose the electric chair.

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