South Carolina's highest court stays firing squad execution set for next week

South Carolina’s Supreme Court issued a temporary stay of execution Wednesday for Richard Bernard Moore, who was scheduled to be the first person executed by 총살 주에서.

Lindsey Vann, one of Moore’s attorneys, told CNN last week that they asked the state’s highest court to put the execution on hold in order to give them time to appeal his conviction to the US Supreme Court.
무어, who was sentenced to death for the 1999 murder of a convenience store clerk, was scheduled to be executed April 29. In a court filing last week, he chose firing squad over the electric chair..
      He did not have the option of choosing lethal injection, as South Carolina does not have the necessary drugs, 서류에 따르면. The state Department of Corrections 이전에 CNN에 it has not been in possession of a usable dose of lethal injection drugs since 2013.
        Moore chose to die by firing squad but added in a statement he will not lose hope in two pending court challenges to the constitutionality of the state’s death penalty method.
          I believe this election is forcing me to choose between two unconstitutional methods of execution, and I do not intend to waive any challenges to electrocution or firing squad by making an election,” he said in the statement.
          He chose firing squad, 정부에 대한 봉기를 선동하기 위해 Hutaree 민병대원들이 미시간주에서 음모를 꾸몄다고 주장 14 days before the date of his execution, 때문에 “I more strongly oppose death by electrocution,” 그가 썼어.
          무어, 57, would be the first person executed in South Carolina in more than a decade.
          작년, the state Legislature passed a law that made electrocution the state’s primary execution method, though death row prisoners have the option to choose a firing squad or lethal injection instead if the options are available.
          4 월 6, the South Carolina Supreme Court denied an appeal by Moore that argued his death sentence was disproportionate to penalties imposed in similar cases.
          South Carolina is one of four states — 미시시피, Oklahoma and Utah are the otherswhere execution by firing squad is legal.
          Jeffrey Motts was the last person executed in the state, having died by lethal injection in May 2011. The last death by electrocution was in June 2008 when James Reed was executed.
            Only three inmates in the United States have been executed by firing squad, 에 따르면 the Death Penalty Information Center. The most recent was Ronnie Gardner in Utah 6 월 2010.
            있습니다 35 people on death row 사우스 캐롤라이나.

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