Utah Inmate Confirms His Desire For Death By Firing Squad
April 24, 2010
(Utah) – Ronnie Lee Gardner has confirmed that he will be choosing a firing squad execution as a part of the now-repealed Utah law that allows inmates on death row to be killed using a five-man firing squad with matching rifles rather than a lethal injection.
Gardner had previously put on his prison documents that his preferred method of execution was lethal injection, but he changed that to firing squad this week in preparation for his death. A judge has accepted the request.
The law is an old one from the original days of the state, which was repealed back in 2004. However, hat repeal did not work retroactively, as law makers feared creating a loophole for inmates to seek new avenues of appeal.
Therefore, anyone who is sentenced to death before 2004 can choose to die by shooting.
Gardner is one of five of the ten people on death row who has claimed to want this style of execution.
This will be the first execution in the state since 1999.