Death By Firing Squad? It May Be Happening Again In Utah State

April 23, 2010

Utah (ChattahBox) – An old law and embarrassment for the state of Utah has once again been brought into the spotlight with the impending execution of inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner.

The fact that it was legal until 2004 to choose between firing squad and lethal injection has long since been a source of both amusement and outrage by those living in Utah.

Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, two inmates have opted to die by a five-man squad with matching rifles: one in 1977, and one in 1996.

The latter drew so much attention and negative focus that lawmakers chose to initiate the ban, but fears of possible appeals kept them from making it retroactive, therefore allowing anyone executed before then to choose the rifles to the needle.

This is a tricky situation for Utah lawmakers, as so far four inmates on Death Row have said they will be seeking a blaze of glory to take them out of this world.

Ronnie Lee Gardner may or may not be joining them, as his official means of execution has not yet been chosen.

Gardner is coming to the end of a conviction 25 years ago, when he killed a man during an attempted prison break.



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