Donald Grant and Gilbert Postelle: Convicts prefer firing squad over lethal injection


                            Donald Grant and Gilbert Postelle: Convicts prefer firing squad over lethal injection

Two death row inmates in Oklahoma are requesting to be executed by firing squad after the state’s three-drug lethal injection has resulted in several botched executions. Donald Grant and Gilbert Postelle submitted their request to US District Judge Stephen Friot on Monday, January 10.

“While it may be gruesome to look at, we all agree it will be quicker,” attorney Jim Stronski told Friot after a day-long hearing in Oklahoma City.

Friot did not issue a decision Monday on the inmates’ motion, but said he hoped to release an order by the end of the week.

“There’s a lot for me to get my mind around,” Friot said.

Among the experts who testified was Dr. James Williams, an emergency medicine specialist from Texas who has more than 40,000 hours of emergency room experience and who has extensively studied the use of firing squads.

Williams, himself the victim of a gunshot wound to the chest area, testified that a firing squad involving shots from at least four high-powered rifles to the ‘cardiac bundle’ of the heart would be so quick that an inmate wouldn’t feel pain. 

He also said that unlike lethal injection, there is an extremely low likelihood that the execution would be botched.


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