Utah Executes Man by Firing Squad
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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Al Jazeera English:
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.
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