Killer to face firing squad in Utah
State court Judge Robin Reese signed the warrant Friday morning for Ronnie Lee Gardner, who killed a man during a failed escape 25 years ago.
Under state law, Gardner, 49, was given the choice of being killed by lethal injection or shot by a five-man team of executioners firing from a set of matched rifles, a rarely used relic that harkens back to the western state's territorial history.
Two men have died in a hail of bullets since that decision: Gary Gilmore, in 1977, after famously uttering the last words, "Let's do it", and John Albert Taylor in 1996.
Oklahoma is the only other state that considers a firing squad an acceptable option, but by law would only use it if lethal injection was deemed unconstitutional. The state has never used the method.
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Jonathan Dresner - 4/26/2010
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Allison Elledge - 4/25/2010
Does anyone realize that the author never mentioned the state in which this execution is to take place?
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