Utah can now shoot murderers to death if . . .

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A twice-convicted killer who had a troubled upbringing, Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by firing squad in Utah in 2010.

By James Queally | Tribune News Service

Inmates on Utah’s death row can now be executed by a firing squad, under new legislation signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert on Monday.

The measure, which cleared the state Senate by an 18-10 vote this month, allows Utah to put inmates to death by firing squad if the state cannot obtain the drugs needed to conduct a lethal injection.

Utah uses a three-drug cocktail to perform lethal injections. State Rep. Paul Ray, the Republican legislator who wrote the bill, has said the state no longer has access to pentobarbital, a barbiturate needed for the cocktail.

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