Utah prisoner to die by firing squad

A judge agreed Friday to a Utah inmate's request to die by firing squad.
Ronnie Lee Gardner, 49, had the option of being killed by lethal injection or by a firing squad, an option that only Utah and Oklahoma offer, according to The Washington Post.
"I would like the firing squad, please," Gardner said when given the two options in a Utah courtroom on Friday, according to The New York Times.
In 2004, Utah ended the practice of using a firing squad for execution. In order to avoid legal complications, they allow prisoners who selected to die by firing squad before the practice was ended the choice, reported The New York Times.
According to The New York Times, Andrew Parnes, Gardner's lawyer, said he would make a new appeal to the State Supreme Court arguing that his client did not receive proper help with experts and research before his sentencing and that execution after such a long wait would be cruel and unusual punishment.
This is the fourth time a Utah judge has signed a death warrant to have Gardner executed, according to The Washington Post.
Gardner has seven days to ask for a sentence of life in prison without parole, reported The Washington Post.
Gardner was given the death penalty 25 years ago after murdering an attorney while trying to escape, according to The Washington Post.

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