Oklahoma town battles state for possession of electric chair

Created: 06/08/2014 7:06 PM
By: Andrew Donley, KFOR

(KFOR)  Oklahoma's electric chair, which is known as "Old Sparky," was built in 1915 and took 82 lives until its retirement in 1966.

Since the chair's retirement, it was displayed in the Tannehill Museum in McAlester.

Recently, the Department of Corrections came to the museum and took the chair back.

They say they are currently housing it in an undisclosed warehouse.  With the recent botched executions, lethal injections have come under fire.  Jerry Massey, with the Department of Corrections, says if lethal injection is deemed inhumane, they may be forced to consider dusting off "Old Sparky."

Mayor Steve Harrison says he hopes they consider his city's request to give the chair back to the museum.

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