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South Carolina inmate chooses death by firing squad

South Carolina death row inmate Richard Moore elected to be executed by firing squad while serving his sentence on April 29, 2022.

Moore had the option of dying in an electric chair or a firing squad.

WLTX reports that Moore, 57, was convicted of the “1999 murder of convenience store clerk James Mahoney in Spartanburg” and has been in prison for two decades.

Moore’s lawyers say the execution should be delayed on the grounds that a firing squad and/or the electric chair both represent “cruel and unusual punishment”.

In a statement released by the StateMoore claimed that the firing squad and the electric chair were both “unconstitutional”.

South Carolina adopted the option of execution by firing squad in 2021.

“[T]Three volunteer prison officers will raise their guns to the convict’s heart” at the time of execution.

If Moore’s execution takes place on April 29, he will be the first person executed in South Carolina in 11 years.

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