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A five-member firing squad at the Utah State Prison took aim and fired .30-caliber bullets at a target pinned on the chest of Ronnie Lee Gardner, a convicted murderer, just after midnight on Friday. He was pronounced dead at 12:20 a.m. Mountain Time, after almost 25 years on death row and several months as the center of international attention focused not so much on crime as on his punishment.
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It was the third execution by firing squad in Utah — the only state still using that form of punishment — since 1976, when the United States Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty.
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“The execution warrant for Mr. Gardner has been served,” the Utah Department of Corrections said in statement.
Same state where Gary Gilmore asked to be executed instead of languishing in prison.
Utah accommodated his request.
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It was a picture of Lindsey Lohan...
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It was a picture of Lindsey Lohan...
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Here was the target on the shirt...

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I'm sorry...

THIS was the target...

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THIS was the target...

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Same state where Gary Gilmore asked to be executed instead of languishing in prison.
Utah accommodated his request.
Utah is good that way.
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Here was the target on the shirt...

When I heard they put a target on him I was a tiny bit disturbed (but just a tiny bit ). Are the shooters that bad they need to have a target?
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When I heard they put a target on him I was a tiny bit disturbed (but just a tiny bit ). Are the shooters that bad they need to have a target?
I wondered about that but I surmise the target was to allow them to concentrate on it rather than a living being.
I also wonder if they still have all the guns loaded with blanks except one (and it's a secret which) so that the executioners can say "maybe it wasn't my bullet that killed him" there fore avoiding psychological problems.
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