State Senate Votes Down Firing Squad Bill

Sen. Bruce Burns -- Courtesy Photo
Sen. Bruce Burns -- Courtesy Photo

The Wyoming Senate has voted not to consider a bill to allow the use of firing squads to execute condemned inmates.

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

The bill's sponsor was Republican state Senator Bruce Burns of Sheridan. He favored firing squads because he said states have had trouble acquiring drugs for lethal injection and since Wyoming does not have a gas chamber, he couldn't see spending money on expensive equipment that would rarely, or possibly, never be used.

The bill would have required approval by two-thirds of the senate for introduction. It failed yesterday on a vote of 17 in favor, and 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, Mont.

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