Committee Votes to Get Rid of Firing Squad

Committee Votes to Get Rid of Firing Squad

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah is taking aim at the firing squad for condemned killers.

A committee of state representatives voted 9-to-zero today to get rid of the firing squad because of the unwanted attention it brings Utah.

Representative Sheryl Allen' wants to take away the option for killers, letting them die by lethal injection instead.

Three of the 10 men on Utah's death row have elected to die by firing squad.

But they wouldn't get that option if the Legislature changes the law -- unless they appeal and a court says they can die by firing squad.

Allen's proposal now goes to the full House for consideration, then to the Senate and governor.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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