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Apr
10

Utah Death Row Inmate Chooses the Firing Squad

Shackled at his ankles and wrists and wearing an orange jump suit, Ronnie Lee Gardner leaned forward in his chair and uttered seven words that will place Utah in the international spotlight.

“I would like the firing squad, please,” Gardner said, his voice choking up.

Choosing bullets over lethal injection may have nothing to do with making headlines for Utah — the first state to execute a killer after the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 and the only to allow inmates to die by firing squad.

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