Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff used a decidedly modern medium to announce the old-fashioned execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner, a convicted murderer who was killed by a firing squad early Friday.
Shurtleff tweeted three tweets related to the firing squad execution:
A solemn day. Barring a stay by Sup Ct, & with my final nod, Utah will use most extreme power & execute a killer. Mourn his victims. Justice
I just gave the go ahead to Corrections Director to proceed with Gardner's execution. May God grant him the mercy he denied his victims.
We will be streaming live my press conference as soon as I'm told Gardner is dead. Watch it at www.attorneygeneral.Utah.gov/live.html
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