Oklahoma to Consider Execution Alternatives

An Oklahoma Republican lawmaker said Tuesday he wants to explore giving condemned prisoners the option of death by firing squad, hanging or the electric chair. State Rep. Mike Christian said he's formally requesting a legislative hearing on the state's death penalty procedures, WATE reports from the Associated Press. Five execution methods are currently legal in various places in the United States: injection, electrocution, gas, firing squad and hanging. Tennessee last month became the first state to allow use of the electric chair in some circumstances regardless of the inmate's wishes, if injection drugs are not available.