Sentenced to death asks to replace lethal injection with execution by firing squad
The convicted murderer and robber from Georgia, for crimes committed in 1993, asked through his lawyer to replace the method of execution. According to the petition, death by injection will bring him “excruciating pain” due to the poor condition of his veins.
Last week, Michael Wade Nance's attorney, referring to the health status of his client, asked the court to reconsider the method of execution and, as an alternative, proposed execution by firing squad.
If the state were to attempt to execution by lethal injection, his veins could "lose their structural integrity ... leading to the leakage of the lethal injection drug into the surrounding tissue," the lawsuit says, according to CNN.
Referring to the Eight and Fourteenth Amendments against cruel and unusual punishment, attorney explained that "there is an alternative method of execution that is feasible and readily implemented which will significantly reduce or eliminate the substantial risk of severe pain to Mr. Nance."
According to official information, the prosecutor’s office does not mind replacing the type of execution.
“If he needs a firing squad, then let him have it,” district attorney says, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Statistics over the past decade say that this is the first case of execution by firing squad since 2010. Only three people have been executed by shooting over the past 44 years.