Wyoming Senate Votes Down Firing Squad Bill

By: Joy Greenwald - Chief Photojournalist
By: Joy Greenwald - Chief Photojournalist

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The Wyoming Senate has voted not to consider a bill to allow the use of firing squads to execute condemned inmates.

Lethal injection is the method laid out in state law, with the gas chamber as a backup.

The bill's sponsor, Republican state Senator Bruce Burns, says states have had trouble getting drugs for lethal injection.

Wyoming doesn't have a gas chamber and he questioned the expense of building one for infrequent executions.

The bill would have required approval by two-thirds of senators for introduction. It failed Tuesday on a vote of 17 in favor, 13 opposed.

Wyoming has one inmate on death row. Dale Wayne Eaton is appealing the death sentence he received in 2004 in the rape and murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell of Billings, Montana.


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