SPECIAL REPORT: UTAH MAY REINSTATE FIRING SQUAD!

~UTAH

Following a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma, a lawmaker in Utah said he believes a firing squad is a more humane form of execution – and his plan is to back that option.

Rep. Paul Ray, a Republican from Clearfield, plans to introduce his plan during the next legislative session in January. Both Wyoming and Missouri have discussed firing squads earlier this year, but those efforts stalled.

Rep. Ray might be more successful, though. Utah was the last state to executive an inmate by firing squad – Ronnie Lee Gardner in 2010.

The controversial method may seem more plausible now, Ray said, as states struggle to manage lawsuits and drug shortages that have thrown a monkey wrench into lethal injections.

“It sounds like the Wild West, but it’s probably the most humane way to kill somebody,” he said.

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In 2004, the state eliminated the firing squad as a form of execution (Gardner was grandfathered in) because of excessive media attention.

Ray and lawmakers in other states have argued firing squads might be the cheapest and most humane method.

“The prisoner dies instantly,” he said. “It sounds draconian. It sounds really bad, but the minute the bullet hits your heart, you’re dead. There’s no suffering.

But it’s possible the shooter could miss, right? That’s where Richard Dieter comes in.

“The idea is that it would be very quick and accurate but just a little movement by the person could change that,” Dieter, who is with the Death Penalty Information center, said. “Things can go wrong with any method of execution.” 

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