Ready, Aim, Fire!

If Ronnie Lee Gardner gets his wish, he’ll meet the end of his life facing a firing squad. Gardner, convicted of murdering an attorney during his 1985 courthouse escape attempt, has requested execution by firing squad, and a Utah judge has given the OK.

Utah has removed the firing squad option, but Gardner first made his request before that decision, so Third District Judge Robin Reese has granted the petition, signing the death warrant for a June 18, 2010 date.