Wyoming Senate shoots down firing squad bill

2014-02-11T12:44:00Z 2014-02-11T23:38:15Z Wyoming Senate shoots down firing squad billThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 11, 2014 12:44 pm  • 

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Senate has voted not to consider a bill to allow the use of firing squads to execute condemned inmates.

Sen. Bruce Burns, a Sheridan Republican, sponsored the bill.

State law specifies using lethal injection and specifies using the gas chamber as a backup option.

Burns says states have had trouble getting drugs for lethal injection. Wyoming doesn't have a gas chamber and he questioned the expense of building one for infrequent executions.

The bill would have required approval by two-thirds of senators for introduction. It failed Tuesday on a vote of 17 in favor, 13 opposed.

Wyoming has one inmate on death row. Dale Wayne Eaton is appealing the death sentence he received in 2004 in the rape and murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell of Billings, Mont.

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