UTAH – The state of Utah will execute three inmates by firing squad for the first time since the method was reinstated in 2015 by Gov. Gary Herbert, reported HEATSTREET.
Utah’s reintroduction of the firing squad comes in the middle of a national debate over the death penalty. The method was brought back in part because of a nationwide shortage of lethal injection drugs after several companies said they would stop selling them to states using them for capital punishment.
Earlier this month, Arkansas pledged to execute eight of its inmates on death row before a sedative it uses for executions expires. As of Friday, four have been killed.