Death row killer sues for firing squad execution instead of ‘excruciating’ lethal injection & DA says ‘let him have it’ – The Sun

A DEATH row inmate who killed a man following a bank robbery wants to be executed by firing squad, and a state prosecutor is inclined to "let him have it."

Michael Wade Nance claims his veins are "severely compromised" and that an attempted lethal injection would cause "excruciating pain," according to the killer's lawsuit obtained by the Journal-Constitution.


"If he needs a firing squad, then let him have it," Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter told the Journal-Constitution on Friday. "It's certainly a unique request."

Nance shot 43-year-old Gabor Balogh dead as he tried to steal his car after robbing a bank in Georgia's Gwinnett County in 1993. He was sentenced to death nine years later.

The lawsuit comes as Nance nears a deadline for filings to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the Journal Constitution.

"Execution by firing squad is both swift and virtually painless," read the lawsuit.

"Evidence and recent experience strongly suggest that the firing squad is significantly more reliable than lethal injection."

The last execution by firing squad in the U.S. took place in Utah in 2010 when Ronnie Lee Gardner was put to death. Firing squads have not been used in Georgia since the 1920s.

Nance claims that medication he takes for chronic back pain would limit the effect of the pentobarbital during a lethal injection.

He argues that his veins could "lose their structural integrity … leading to the leakage of the lethal injection drug into the surrounding tissue," according to CNN.

Another death row inmate had made a similar request in 2017, but J.W. Ledford Jr.'s request for the firing squad was shot down by the courts, according to the Journal-Constitution.

"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," the lawsuit states, according to CNN.

Georgia used the electric chair for executions from 1924 to 2001.

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