Utah Gov. Seeks Firing Squad Alternative Over Lethal Injection

Utah's governor said he is "leaning towards" signing a bill that would make firing squad the method of execution if the state can't come up with the drugs for lethal injections. State lawmakers approved the bill a week ago, making Utah the latest state to look for alternative methods in the wake of nationwide drug shortages. Death penalty opponents have been urging the Republican governor to veto it. "I'm leaning toward signing it," Herbert told reporters. "The debate is really more than just the firing squad. It's should we have capital punishment or not?" A handful of death-row prisoners in Utah are eligible for the firing squad now, but only if they choose it. The bill would let the state impose it against an inmate's will. "It's not our preference, but we need to have a fallback," he said.

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