Utah Lawmaker Seeks To Resurrect Firing Squads After Botched Oklahoma Execution

Saturday, May 17th 2014, 9:41 am
By: News 9

A Utah lawmaker wants to resurrect firing squads as a method of execution after a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma.

Republican Representative Paul Ray says firing squads would be a quick and humane way to put someone to death, especially as lawsuits and drug shortages have complicated lethal injections.

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Ray plans to introduce his proposal during Utah's next legislative session in January. Similar efforts have stalled in Missouri and Wyoming.

Utah last used a firing squad in 2010, when five police officers with .30-caliber Winchester rifles executed Ronnie Lee Gardner. Under current law, death by firing squad is only an option for criminals sentenced to death before 2004.