South Carolina firing squad execution scheduled for next week halted by court

Lindsey Vann, one of Moore’s attorneys, told CNN last week that they asked the state’s highest court to stay the execution to give them time to appeal his conviction to the court. United States Supreme Court.

Moore, who was sentenced to death for the 1999 murder of a convenience store clerk, was due to be executed on April 29. In a court filing last week, he chose the firing squad over the electric chair.
He didn’t have the option of choosing the lethal injection because South Carolina doesn’t have the necessary drugs, according to the filing. The state Department of Corrections previously told CNN it has not had a usable dose of lethal injection drugs since 2013.

Moore chose to die by firing squad, but added in a statement that he would not give up hope in two ongoing legal challenges over the constitutionality of the state’s death penalty method.

“I believe this election forces me to choose between two unconstitutional methods of execution, and I do not intend to waive any challenges to electrocution or the firing squad by making an election,” he said. he said in the statement.

He chose the firing squad, as required 14 days before his execution date, because “I most strongly oppose death by electrocution”, he wrote.

Moore, 57, would be the first person executed in South Carolina in over a decade.

Last year, the state legislature passed a law making electrocution the state’s primary method of execution, though death row inmates have the option of choosing a firing squad or injection. lethal instead if the options are available.

On April 6, the South Carolina Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by Moore that argued his death sentence was disproportionate to sentences imposed in similar cases.

Also on Wednesday, the state set execution date for Brad Keith Sigmon, convicted in 2002 of two murders. Sigmon, who received a stay of execution last year, is expected to die on May 13.

South Carolina is one of four states (Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Utah are the others) where execution by firing squad is legal.

Jeffrey Motts was the last person executed in the state, dying by lethal injection in May 2011. The last death by electrocution was in June 2008 when James Reed was executed.

Only three detainees in the United States have been executed by firing squad, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The most recent was Ronnie Gardner in Utah in June 2010.
There are 35 sentenced to death in South Carolina.

CNN’s Elizabeth Wolfe and Andy Rose contributed to this report.

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