Firing squad could be coming back to Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (KSTU) – A different method of execution may be coming to Utah.

A Utah representative proposed a bill that would bring back the firing squad if lethal injection was not available.

“It gives us some maneuverability,” said Rep. Paul Ray.

Lethal injection as a form of execution came under fire earlier this year following a botched execution in Oklahoma.

On April 29, Clayton Lockett was executed using a new drug cocktail.

Witnesses say Lockett was conscious, moving and talking during the time when he should have been unconscious.

According to preliminary findings by forensic pathologist Dr. Joseph Cohen, it wasn’t the new drug mixture that caused the execution to go wrong.

Instead, the report claims the execution team did not set up a properly functioning IV in Lockett’s femoral vein.

Despite that fact, there have been numerous discussions about whether lethal injection is a humane way to take a life.

Ray says if lethal injection is found to be unconstitutional, the firing squad could become the primary method of executions in Utah.

The bill passed out of the interim committee and it will now go to the full Utah State Legislature for consideration.

Utah did away with the firing squad in 2003, but the last firing squad execution was in 2010.


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