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Friday, May 11, 2007

Last Wish Of Dieing Killer

Just hours before his execution by injection, a Tennessee death row prisoner who was convicted of killing a police officer ordered his final meal -- pizza for a homeless person.

Philip Workman, 53, requested a vegetarian pizza be delivered to a homeless person in Nashville, Workman's attorney confirmed.

Riverbend Maximum Security Institution refused, said Riverbend spokeswoman Dorinda Carter.

"We can get some special things for the inmate but the taxpayers don't really give us permission to donate to charity," Carter said.

According to the state's protocol, a last meal's cost cannot exceed $20.

Workman was executed early Wednesday.

Carter said Workman met with a spiritual adviser Tuesday evening and had also spoken in person with his brother.

Although Tennessee law gave him the option to choose between the electric chair and lethal injection, he refused to make that choice.

"I'm not going to play no killing game," he told CNN in an exclusive interview last month. (Watch what Workman thinks about his execution method )

Last-minute appeals
Workman was convicted in 1982 of shooting and killing Memphis Police Lt. Ronald Oliver during a botched 1981 robbery of a Wendy's restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee. (Read about Workman's case).
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