A killer on death row has had his request to be killed by firing squad approved by the Supreme Court, which voted 5-4 in his favor after claiming lethal injection was “inappropriate”.
A man sentenced to death for a car-stealing murder following a botched bank robbery has had his request for a firing squad approved.
Michael Nance, 61, considers lethal injection “inadmissible” and insisted on a firing squad rather than the state-approved method of lethal injection for death row inmates.
The Supreme Court granted the motion, ruling in favor of the Georgia resident prisoner after a Supreme Court ruled the prisoner had the right to challenge the state’s execution records.
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This has led to the 61-year-old insisting that a firing squad take him out, with his request granted despite it not being a legal method of execution in Georgia.
Nance argued that the only form of execution available, lethal injection, would bring excessive pain and suffering during the 11th hour.
Court documents revealed that Nance, who was sentenced to death in 2002, refused the lethal injection after saying his veins were “severely compromised and unsuitable for permanent IV access”.
The killer also claimed that there was an increased risk in using a sedative in the method of execution, with fears it would not render him completely unconscious.
Nance, who was sentenced to death for the 1993 murder of Gabor Balogh in an attempted carjacking following a botched bank robbery, claimed he had problems with the tranquilizer’s possible use in the execution process.
He cited previous use of back pain medication and long-term use of prescription drugs as potential problems for the sedative’s effectiveness.
The 61-year-old currently has no execution date, but UPI reported that Nance’s request was granted after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the killer.
According to Vice, three states in the United States, Oklahoma, Mississippi and South Carolina, have all previously passed legislation legalizing the use of firing squads against inmates on death row.
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