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    Convicted killer to be executed by firing squad in Utah

    Convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner is to be executed by firing squad in Utah after his last ditch appeal for a stay was turned down.


    By Nick Allen in Los Angeles
    Published: 12:57AM BST 18 Jun 2010


    Ronnie Lee Gardner Photo: AP


    Gardner, 49, will become the first person executed in a hail of bullets in the United States since 1996.

    At 12.05am local time (0605 GMT) he will be strapped into a black metal chair surrounded by sandbags to stop ricochets.



    A target will be pinned over his heart, a hood placed over his head, and five volunteer marksmen armed with .30-caliber rifles will open fire from behind a wall.
    Only four of the marksman will fire live rounds, with one of the rifles loaded with a wax bullet to leave some doubt among the shooters about whether they fired the fatal shot.
    Gardner will be given an opportunity for saying his last words before they open fire.
    He was served his last meal on Tuesday before observing a 48-hour fast. It consisted of steak, lobster, apple pie, vanilla ice cream and 7-Up.
    Utah Governor Gary Herbert denied Gardner's request for a temporary stay, saying he had “a full and fair opportunity” to have his case considered.
    Gardner will be the third man executed by firing squad in the US since a Supreme Court ruling reinstated capital punishment in 1976.
    Although Utah altered its capital punishment law in 2004 to make lethal injection the usual method nine inmates convicted before that date, including Gardner, can still choose the firing squad if they want.

    Gardner's lawyer said his client’s decision was not made from a desire to draw attention to his case, it was simply his preferred choice.

    Gardner was sentenced to death for the murder of lawyer Michael Burdell during an escape attempt in 1985.

    He had been trying to escape from a court where he was facing another murder charge over the shooting of a barman.

    Shortly before his execution he claimed to be a changed man, saying hew wanted to start an organic farm project for youngsters.

    Before his conviction he had become addicted to hard drugs as a child, spent time in a mental hospital and been sexually abused in a foster home.

    The case has renewed debate about use of the death penalty in the US and divided family and friends of his victims.

    Burdell’s fiancée Donna Nu said he would have opposes the execution.
    Elisabeth Semel, director of the Death Penalty Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, said: “It's difficult to understand the issue of how can we still be engaged in this form of barbarism

    Convicted killer to be executed by firing squad in Utah - Telegraph

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    ^Quality reporting. Four rounds is hardly "a hail of bullets". Although the end result should be the same. Bye bye, asshole.

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    Pretty grim....

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    ^Well, Gary Gilmore became a cult hero for a while by doing the firing squad option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Four rounds is hardly "a hail of bullets".
    Actually only 3. One is a blank.

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    5 shooters one has a blank. 4 total shots.

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    Goodbye asshole. Wish I could be on the firing squad. See ya in hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcom
    Wish I could be on the firing squad.
    You'd probably miss!

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    Breaking News: Ronnie Lee Gardner executed by firing squad

    The crime that got Ronnie Lee Gardner the death sentence

    Reported by: Chris Vanocur
    Last Update: 4/24 2:21 pm

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    Ronnie Lee Gardner in court (pool, Salt Lake Tribune)



    SALT LAKE (ABC 4 News) -

    It was just over 25 years ago that inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner went on a shooting rampage in a botched escape attempt.

    He killed one attorney, badly injured a court bailiff and suffered a gun wound himself.

    The building where the shootings took place no longer stands.

    The people Gardner shot have long since passed.

    All that remains is the horror of that day and a date with a firing squad.

    Painfully, let's return to the scene of the crime.

    It was April 2nd, 1985, just before 9am.

    Prisoner Ronnie Lee Gardner was transported to Salt Lake's old courthouse.

    He was there on charges stemming from a robbery and shooting death the year before.

    But as he entered the building, Gardner suddenly grabbed a gun left in the courthouse by an accomplice.

    An ABC 4 reporter described what happened next:

    "By the time the shoot-out at Met Hall was over, one attorney was dead, one guard was wounded and Ronnie Lee Gardner had a bullet hole in his lung."

    Gardner was given the death sentence in November of 1985.

    But that was just the beginning of a 25 year legal fight, an effort that includes multiple Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    But one who did not live to see Gardner's execution is Nick Kirk.

    Kirk was the court bailiff who Gardner shot a quarter century ago.

    Badly wounded, Kirk would not return to work for half a year.

    He passed away just before Christmas in 1995.

    His last few years were marked by a pain that never went away, emotional pain and pain from a bullet lodged in his stomach.

    Before he died, Kirk told ABC 4 about that day in April of 1985.

    "When I started to turn around, that's when I seen the gun that Ronnie had. Before I could do anything, he shot me, pushed me against the wall and I went down on my knees."

    Gardner, now nearly 50 years old, has spent half his life behind bars.

    He also pleaded guilty to second degree murder for that 1984 crime.

    In addition, he was charged with attacking another inmate with a handmade shank.



    Copyright 2010 Newport Television LLC All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    5 shooters one has a blank. 4 total shots.
    Thought it was 4 shooters. Guess I should read the OP.

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    Nice legal system, America. It takes 25 years to kill this fucker after he is convicted and sentenced to death???? WTF???? 25!!!!!!!!!

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    Gardner executed

    By Christopher Smart | The Salt Lake Tribune


    Updated: 06/18/2010 12:46:40 AM MDT



    Ronnie Lee Gardner listens to proceedings during his commutation hearing at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah, Thursday, June 10, 2010. Next to him at the table is his attorney Andrew Parnes. (Trent Nelson / The Salt Lake Tribune)




    Ronnie Lee Gardner's quarter-century on death row ended at 12:20 today when a firing squad executed one of Utah's most notorious killers. His death signaled the end of a gut-wrenching saga for the families of the Utah men Gardner murdered or wounded and those who had hoped to spare the killer's life.

    Barb Webb, daughter of Gardner victim Nick Kirk, sobbed when news of the execution came.
    "I'm so relieved it's all over," she said, hugging her daughter, Mandi Hull. "I just hope my sister, who just passed away, and my father, and all of the other victims are waiting for his sorry ass. I hope they get to go down after him."
    Just after midnight, Gardner's family members leaned against each other in a tight cluster and sobbed.

    They played Lynyrd's Skynyrd's "Free Bird," singing along.

    "I'm just glad it's over. I'm glad he's free," said Randy Gardner after his brother's death.

    Other Gardner relatives whooped and cheered as they released 24 balloons decorated with messages.

    "I love you, Ron!" some of them screamed, falling into each other's arms. Gardner's daughter, Brandie Gardner, put her hands to her face and sobbed.
    For the nation, the 49-year-old Salt Laker's death by four bullets marked what could be the last execution of its kind in the country.

    Utah is the only state still using a firing squad, and only four men on death row could still choose it -- the state switched to lethal injection in 2004.

    Gardner's story went global when he told a judge how he preferred to become one of the 50-odd people executed in the United States each year: "I would like the firing squad, please."

    Some hope the attention will highlight problems meting out capital punishment in Utah. Both death penalty opponents and believers decry the nearly 25 years Gardner spent between his conviction and execution for the April 1985 murder of Michael Burdell.

    Earlier this month, attorneys for the son of a Provo woman killed in her home during a 1985 robbery by death row inmate Douglas Stewart Carter asked a federal judge to speed up appeals in that 25-year-old case.


    "My dad passed away last year. He didn't have any closure," said Gary Olesen, son of victim Eva Olesen. "I'm hoping Gardner's execution will help. But I'm not sure it will."

    Jani S. Tillery, from the Maryland Crimes Victims' Resource Center, said her client is only asking the court to "move forward."

    Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who has pushed to streamline death row appeals, said the run-up to today's execution may have generated legislative momentum to remake state law.

    "I'm hearing from a lot of people, 25 years is just too long," said Shurtleff. "It's ridiculous."

    Ralph Dellapiana, an attorney affiliated with Utahns for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, said he hopes Gardner's death will spark discussion "that this arbitrary process be changed to something else."

    The last two executions in Utah have been of killers who halted their own death-row appeals. John Albert Taylor was executed in 1996 after eight years on death row, while Joseph Mitchell Parsons spent 11 years on death row before his 1999 execution.

    Unlike them, Gardner has fought to the bitter end.

    Gardner's appellate attorneys have argued unsuccessfully over the years that if his jurors had known about the mitigating facts surrounding his troubled childhood -- poverty, drugs, violence and sex abuse -- they would have sentenced him to life in prison.

    As part of Gardner's bid for commutation before the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, three of those jurors signed affidavits saying they would have sentenced Gardner to life without parole if that possibility had been available. A fourth said he would have seriously considered it. Life without parole was not possible until 1992 in Utah.

    Gardner himself told the parole board last week he was a changed man from the person who shot and killed Melvyn Otterstrom at The Cheers Tavern on Oct. 24, 1984.

    Just before an April 2, 1985, court hearing in the Otterstrom case, Gardner killed attorney Michael Burdell and seriously wounded bailiff Nick Kirk in a failed courthouse escape.

    Gardner said over the past decade he had become cognizant of the pain he had caused his victims and their families. He told the parole board he had developed a new awareness of why he had been so violent and impulsive.

    "I can't even apologize to the victims, and it makes me sad," said a crying Gardner. "People at that courthouse that didn't even get hurt, I'm sure it traumatized them."

    He told the parole board he wanted to spend the rest of his life counseling young inmates and helping abused children with an organic farm program. Gardner also argued his execution would bring the families of his victims little comfort.

    "I know killing me is going to hurt them just as bad," he said. "I've been on the other side of that gun."

    Yet Gardner was unable to shed his reputation.

    Over the past 25 years Gardner has captured headlines numerous times for attacks on other inmates and misbehavior including a standoff at a prison visiting room where he broke down a glass partition, barricaded the door and had sex with his half-brother's wife as officers looked on helplessly.

    Members of the victims' families argued both for and against Gardner's death. All said they wanted to end a long nightmare.

    "This story must be allowed to slip into history," said Jason Otterstrom during the commutation hearing. "Our families need peace."

    The parole board unanimously voted against Gardner. A flurry of last-minute appeals to the governor, U.S. Supreme Court, and 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also failed.

    A bishop with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints served as Gardner's spiritual adviser at the end of his life, his attorneys said.

    Gardner became the 1,213th person nationally and the seventh in Utah to be executed since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.
    The justices halted executions four years earlier, finding the ultimate punishment was not being applied equally.

    Gardner's life and death exemplifies a troubling pattern often seen by psychologists, said Craig Haney, a University of California psychologist who has studied people who commit violent crimes for 30 years.

    "We know that abused and neglected children grow up to be impulsive and violent," Haney told the parole board." Ronnie Lee Gardner is a perfect model for someone who grows up to commit horrendous crimes."

    csmart[at]sltrib.com

    -- Tribune reporters Nate Carlisle, Pamela Manson, Sheena McFarland, and Matthew D. LaPlante contributed to this report.

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    The Thais have a more thorough approach :


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    Waste of ammo. But pretty cool. Love the totally black outfit, black gloves, shades.

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    Are soldiers considered murderers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    Are soldiers considered murderers?
    Sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    Are soldiers considered murderers?
    Only when they are not serving your purpose.

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    State sponsored murder by firing squad, surely this couldn't be happening in 2010 in the great U S of A ???

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    ^Sure it could. They still have hanging on the books in the State of New Hampshire.

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    doesn't seem to be a deterent .
    bullet seems to get it all over and done with quickly tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid View Post
    doesn't seem to be a deterent .
    bullet seems to get it all over and done with quickly tho.
    Might be if it didn't take 25 years for the bullet to arrive.

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    thats the best part of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Nice legal system, America. It takes 25 years to kill this fucker after he is convicted and sentenced to death???? WTF???? 25!!!!!!!!!
    Have to exhaust all the appeals and keep those legal fees flowing... Meanwhile, the taxpayer foots the bill for all of it...

    The Chinese have the right idea... Found guilty of a capital crime and you are quietly taken out and shot within days...

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    What year is the youtube clip ment to be?

    Alao I think it's amusing that yer man here gets to choose the method.
    Surely he lost type of right years ago.

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    He should have been executed many years ago. waste of taxpayer money to feed and house this scumbag.

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