Protesters urging lawmakers to change minds about electric chair bill

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Protesters are urging lawmakers to change their minds about a new law that allows use of the electric chair in Tennessee.

Last week, Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill that would allow electrocution to be used if the drugs needed for lethal injection are not available.

A group of United Methodist church leaders is calling on lawmakers to reconsider capital punishment altogether.

About 100 people gathered for a prayer vigil, saying their main goal is to eliminate the death penalty in Tennessee.

They believe bringing back the electric chair is a step in the wrong direction.

The new law goes into effect July 1.

The last time Tennessee used the electric chair was in 2007.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.