A Condemned Man Was Given A Choice, And It Is Beyond Ghoulish…

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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.

Richard Moore, 57, is scheduled for execution on April 29, more than 20 years after he was sentenced to die. He made his decision Friday.
After years of failing to acquire lethal injection drugs, South Carolina legislators passed a law last year that required people on death row to choose between the electric chair or a three-person firing squad. As of right now, South Carolina is one of eight states to currently still use the electric chair and one of four to allow a 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.

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.

Sources: WLT, The New York Post, Daily Mail

1 thought on “A Condemned Man Was Given A Choice, And It Is Beyond Ghoulish…

  1. I find it beyond inconceivable some find it “Beyond Ghoulish” Richard Bernard Moore would choose an almost instantaneous death by gunfire over being slowly broiled to death by an induced electric current.

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