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Poll: Should Utah Execute Convicted Killer Ronnie Lee Gardner by Firing Squad?

Ronnie Lee Gardner (Mug Shot)

Ronnie Lee Gardner (Mug Shot)
NEW YORK (CBS) A Utah judge has signed an order for a form of execution rarely-used in the United States.

Ronnie Lee Gardner has been on Utah's death row for 25 years. Now, his appeals exhausted, he was asked which form of capital punishment he wants.

"I would like the firing squad, please," Gardner said Friday morning in a Salt Lake City courtroom.

Gardner would be the state's first death row inmate executed since Joseph Mitchell Parsons died by lethal injection in 1999.

Gardner was sentenced to death in 1985 for the Salt Lake City courthouse slaying of attorney Michael Burdell during a failed escape attempt.

What do you think about this unusual form of execution?


  • Edecio Martinez

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