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Utah Lawmakers Back The Return To Death By Firing Squad

UTAH (KUTV) – Shots that have drawn attention from all over the world may reverberate again in Utah; a legislative panel voted 9-2 on Nov. 19 supporting a...
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UTAH (KUTV) – Shots that have drawn attention from all over the world may reverberate again in Utah; a legislative panel voted 9-2 on Nov. 19 supporting a “draft bill” to bring back the firing squad as a means to execute inmates, affiliate station KUTV reported.

“We’re being forced to (do this) actually,” said Rep. Paul Ray, R-Davis County, who told KUTV the Utah Department of Corrections does not have lethal drug cocktails in supply, and can no longer buy them from European drug makers.  “At this point, most states don’t have the drugs.”

As a result, Ray has proposed “Death Penalty Procedure Amendments,” that state if lethal injection is not an option for scheduled executions, firing squads could load and shoot, KUTV reported.

The vote by the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee is not the last say for legislators, and the plan is a long way from the governor’s desk, but it could be the first step toward bringing firing squads back in The Beehive State, according to KUTV.

To read the rest of the story on our affiliate station’s website KUTV – Channel 2, click here.