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06/18/2010 09:30 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ronnie Lee Gardner's Firing Squad Execution Announced On Twitter

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. Justiceless than a minute ago via TwitBird iPhone

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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.less than a minute ago via TwitBird iPhone

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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.htmlless than a minute ago via TwitBird iPhone

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