Utah executed a convicted murderer by firing squad on Friday. Ronnie Lee Gardner chose the method of execution months ago—as permitted by Utah law—which subsequently brought his case to the forefront of the capital punishment debate in the U.S. —JCL
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A convicted killer has been executed by firing squad in the US state of Utah, reviving a style of justice that has not been used for 14 years.
Ronnie Lee Gardner was shot through the heart by a five-man team of sharpshooters at approximately 12:20 (06:20GMT) on Friday.
Gardner was sentenced to death for a 1985 courthouse shooting during an escape attempt in which a lawyer was killed.
His final appeal for a stay of execution to the US Supreme Court was rejected late on Thursday, hours before the sentence was set to be carried out.