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Corrections officials to share execution team info

Posted - Apr. 6, 2010 at 6:42 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Department of Corrections will provide the attorneys for a Utah death row inmate with information about the state's methods of execution.

At a 3rd District Court hearing Monday, department attorneys agreed to provide information about the training and expertise of the execution team to attorneys for Ronnie Lee Gardner.

The state has asked a judge to sign a warrant for Gardner's execution. A hearing is set for April 12.

If the warrant is signed, Gardner must decide whether to die by firing squad or lethal injection.

Gardner's attorney, Andrew Parnes, says he will relay the information orally or in writing, but won't show the documents to Gardner or other inmates.

Gardner was sentenced to death for the April 1985 courthouse shooting death of attorney Michael Burdell during a failed escape attempt.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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