Man on death row asks that his last meal be given to a homeless person

Man on death row asks that his last meal be given to a homeless person

A man on death row in Tennessee, Don Johnson, in an odd gesture, asked that his special last meal before his scheduled execution be donated to the homeless.

Don Johnson, an inmate in Tennessee jail awaiting his execution, rejected the customary last meal, asking that it be given to a homeless person.

According to, Tennessee's Department of Correction said that Johnson turned down the last meal selection and will instead select from the same menu given to other prisoners of the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.

Johnson is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

Public Defender Kelley Henry said Johnson's decision to forgo 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 reportedly was not honoured.

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Henry said: "Mr. Johnson realizes that his $20 allotment will not feed many homeless people.

His request is that those who have supported him provide a meal to a homeless person."

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

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

But this is not moving the authorities.

According to the state Correction Department, during deathwatch an inmate is put in a cell next to the execution chamber and kept under 24-hour observation with limited visitation.

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