SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (4-23-10)
State court Judge Robin Reese signed the warrant Friday morning for Ronnie Lee Gardner, who killed a man during a failed escape 25 years ago.
Under state law, Gardner, 49, was given the choice of being killed by lethal injection or shot by a five-man team of executioners firing from a set of matched rifles, a rarely used relic that harkens back to the western state's territorial history.
Two men have died in a hail of bullets since that decision: Gary Gilmore, in 1977, after famously uttering the last words, "Let's do it", and John Albert Taylor in 1996.
Oklahoma is the only other state that considers a firing squad an acceptable option, but by law would only use it if lethal injection was deemed unconstitutional. The state has never used the method.