University of Idaho Murder Suspect ‘Could Face Firing Squad Under Proposed Law if Convicted’
“Republican state Rep. Bruce Skaug introduced House Bill 186 on Wednesday, which would establish execution by firing squad as a backup to lethal injection.”
This was apparently legal in Idaho until 2009. They’re trying to bring it back.
FOX News reports:
Idaho student murders suspect Bryan Kohberger could face death by firing squad under proposed law if convicted
Bryan Kohberger, the criminology Ph.D. candidate accused of stabbing four University of Idaho students to death last November, could face execution by firing squad if he is convicted of the murders and a bill introduced this week clears the Idaho state legislature.
Republican state Rep. Bruce Skaug introduced House Bill 186 on Wednesday, which would establish execution by firing squad as a backup to lethal injection.
Idaho, like several other states around the country, has struggled to procure the ingredients for lethal injections in recent years, most recently forcing the state to cancel the execution last year of a man who murdered two gold prospectors in 1985.
Skaug’s bill calls for the director of the Idaho Department of Corrections to certify whether lethal injection is available no more than five days after a death warrant is issued. If lethal injection is not available, then the death row inmate would be executed by firing squad.
Utah brought back firing squads in 2015 due to its own struggles with lethal injections. The practice was legal in Idaho until 2009, when it was banned.
Kohberger, a 28-year-old Ph.D. student at Washington State University, allegedly snuck into a home near the University of Idaho in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 and stabbed four students to death.
A probable cause affidavit unsealed shortly after Kohberger’s arrest in late December detailed the evidence against him, including that a knife sheath left at the scene had his DNA on it.
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Wake me when a prisoner on death row is executed by any means. Otherwise, they can legalize as many alternative methods as they like, given that they’re never going to actually use any of them anyway.
Yep. Jamal Lamumbah-Jumba or whatever his “African” name is, has been on death row for gunning down a cop. How many years now? Several decades? NPR even gave him a radio show for a while.
Oh, yeah, the guy Ben and Jerry’s — and Alec Baldwin — were supporting.
Mumia Abu-Jamal. Sounds just as silly.
His sentence was commuted to life without parole. He is off death row and in with the general prison population today.
As for execution by firing squad in Kohberger’s case, I wonder if that would be upheld should that be his sentence. Would it make a difference that this would be a “new” penalty? Why not to with hanging, since not too hard to construct a gallows.
I’m so old, I remember when we could shunt the crazies off to grad school where they couldn’t cause trouble. Now that everything’s a trade school, I suppose this is to be expected in “criminology.”
Not worried about this guy. I’m worried about the ones who passed their thesis defenses.
Hey, aren’t we scoring piles of Fentanyl at the border?
Looks like killing two birds with one stone to me.
Oh, heavens, that would never do.
They’re very careful to allow only the best deadly chemicals for our death-row prisoners. Wouldn’t want you to die of the wrong thing, after all.
Everyone just needs to implement nitrogen asphyxiation as the method. No real suffering and nitrogen is readily available so the supply could not be choked off like these drugs. No mess to clean up afterwards. I actually think the best way is the for the governor of the state to dispatch prisoners at a post with a single load of double-ought buck to the chest. That would clarify things in the minds of populace significantly.
I’m an advocate of hanging. It’s green, costs less per unit (because you can recycle the rope and scaffolding, and have you seen the price of ammunition?), and has tradition behind it. It’s conservative AND liberal.
It’s also visceral (along with things like firing squads). It involves visible violence done to the convicted, rather than them merely going to sleep. That helps with the healing process for victims, IMO.