Who would think this might actually happen, I mean, seriously this kind of scene I only see in movies.
A death row inmate in South Carolina was given eight days to decide whether he’d rather be executed by electric chair or firing squad.
Moore who was convicted of killing a store clerk in 1999 has chosen to die by a rifle squad instead of the electric chair.
This means Moore is set to become one of the first to die under South Carolina’s new execution protocol, which will see three prison-volunteers shoots at Moore, who will wear a hood over his head and have a target over his heart.
— New York Post (@nypost) April 16, 2022
A man sentenced to death in South Carolina has chosen to be executed by firing squad rather than the electric chair, which would make him the first death row inmate to die by firing squad in the state https://t.co/3BCaosK0Dv
— CNN (@CNN) April 16, 2022
More of this story from the Daily Mail report:
A South Carolina prisoner scheduled to be the first man executed in the state in more than a decade has decided to die by firing squad rather than in the electric chair later this month, according to court documents filed Friday.
Richard Bernard Moore, 57, is the also first state prisoner to face the choice of execution methods after a law went into effect last year making electrocution the default and giving inmates the option to face three prison workers with rifles instead.
Moore has spent more than two decades on death row after being convicted in the 1999 killing of convenience store clerk James Mahoney in Spartanburg.
If executed as scheduled on April 29, he would be the first person put to death in the state since 2011 and the fourth in the country to die by firing squad in nearly half a century.
Only three executions in the United States have been carried out by firing squad since 1976, according to the Washington-based nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center.
First prisoner to be executed in South Carolina in 10 years picks firing squad over electric chair https://t.co/gM2KMqDIpz
— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 15, 2022