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6/16/10: Death Penalty, Part I

Photo by Steve Gehrke of the Utah Department of Corrections. Courtesy of KUED's <a href=\"\" target=\"_blank\">Utah NOW</a>

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, Utah – This Friday, Utah is scheduled to execute Ronnie Lee Gardner for the 1985 murder of attorney Michael Burdell. Gardner has elected to be killed by firing squad and in 1996, he referred to his "Mormon heritage" to explain the decision. Wednesday, we begin a two-day conversation about the death penalty. We'll talk about the now-repudiated LDS doctrine of blood atonement. Then, we turn our focus on the experiences of executioners and witnesses.

Read Robert Kirby's Executioners share motives, describe their roles in death by firing squad

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