Utah Inmate Has Last Meal Before Facing Firing Squad Death
June 17, 2010
When Utah reinstated the death penalty in 1976, they failed to fix what was to become a bit of a problem later on: the method of death available to inmates.
In 2003, the issue became a main topic after several men requesting the grisly death, including in 1996, it turned the state into a media circus. The law was overturned, but there was no clause for retroactive application, out of fear of creating grounds for appeal for several death row inmates.
Now, we are seeing what could possibly be the first of several examples of the consequence of that motion, as well as the choice to reinstate the death penalty in the state so many decades ago.
Now, Gardner has had his last meal (steak and lobster), and is set to die at 12:05 A.M tomorrow. He will be killed by five men with rifles.
He has requested a stay of execution, which is being held on appeal. Any stay will be administered through a direct line to the prison, up to the last moment before the shots are fired.