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Death-row inmate forgoes the choice of the last meal, asks for food to be given to the homeless instead

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Tennessee death-row inmate, Don Johnson has asked that his special last meal before Thursday’s scheduled execution be given to the homeless.

The state of the Department of Correction said that Johnson put the final meal selection, and will instead select from the menu on other inmates at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.

Public Defender Kelley Henry told Nashville’s FOX 17 that Johnson’s decision to forego the special meal was inspired by his friend, Philip Workman, who requested that a vegetarian pizza be delivered to a homeless person instead of his last meal. That request was reportedly not accepted.

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“Mr. Johnson realizes that his $20 allotment will not feed a lot of homeless people,” Henry told FOX 17. “His request is that those who supported him a meal to a homeless person.”

Johnson, 68, faces execution after being convicted in the 1984 murder of his wife, Connie Johnson.

Several religious leaders, including the president of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, of which Johnson is a member, have asked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to grant Johnson clemency.

Johnson’s supporters said the prisoner experienced a religious conversion and now ministers to other inmates.

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On Tuesday, Lee announced his decision to deny clemency for Johnson, FOX 17 reported.

“After a prayerful and deliberate consideration of Don Johnson’s request for clemency, and after a thorough review of the case, I am maintaining the meaning of the State of Tennessee and will not intervene,” Lee said.

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According to the state Correction Department, during deathwatch an inmate in a cell next to the execution room and kept under 24-hour observation, with limited visiting rights.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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