J.W. Ledford

Georgia death row inmate requests outrageous last meal before execution, pleads for firing squad

A death row inmate set to be executed on Tuesday requested a sizable last meal that included a filet mignon and pecan pie, reports CBS 46.

Georgia death row inmate, J.W. Ledford, Jr., 45, is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. His request for his last meal included filet mignon wrapped in bacon with pepper jack cheese, large french fries, 10 chicken tenders with sauce, fried pork chop, bloomin’ onion, pecan pie with vanilla ice cream, sherbet, and a Sprite.

Ledford was recently denied a request to be executed by firing squad. His lawyers requested this type of execution because they believe Ledford developed a tolerance to the drug he will be administered on Tuesday, as reported by the Independent.

The inmate has used the drug gabapentin for over ten years to treat chronic nerve pain. The drug has been known to dull the effects of pentobarbital, the drug used in executions. Because of this, the execution will constitute cruel and unusual punishment, his lawyers said.

“Accordingly, there is a substantial risk that Mr. Ledford will be aware and in agony as the pentobarbital attacks his respiratory system, depriving his brain, heart, and lungs of oxygen as he drowns in his own saliva.”

The suit was dismissed Friday by District Judge Steve Jones. The judge said that Ledford’s legal team did not show that the drug is “sure or very likely” to result in his suffering while being executed.

In addition, the Supreme Court has said that an inmate must be able to propose a “known and available” method of execution if they claim another method constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

Lethal injection is the only method of execution available in the state of Georgia, but his lawyers proposed death by firing squad since the state has everything needed for this method, skilled personnel, weapons, and ammunition.

Ledford was sentenced to death in 1992 for murdering his 73-year-old neighbor, Dr. Harry Johnston, in Murray County, Georgia.

[Feature Photo: Georgia Department of Correction]