TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Oct 16, 2020

U.S. District Judge William Campbell has set an April 2022 trial date in the case of a death row inmate seeking to die by firing squad, the Associated Press reports. Terry Lynn King, along with three other death row inmates, filed the suit nearly two years ago, arguing that the state had several alternative execution methods that would “substantially reduce the constitutionally-unacceptable risk of inflicting unnecessary and serious pain” caused by electrocution. Three of those inmates — Nicholas Todd Sutton, Stephen Michael West and David Earl Miller — have since been executed by the electric chair. According to the lawsuit, attorneys argue that the state already has the trained personnel, firearms and space to allow for a firing squad. However, if the court disagreed, the suit argued inmates should have permission to use other alternatives such as orally administering lethal drugs over using a needle, or using different forms of drugs.