The Norman Transcript


May 24, 2014

U.S. execution methods



· Virginia: Allows prisoners to choose between injection and electrocution. A proposal to allow the Virginia Department of Corrections to use the electric chair as a backup if drugs weren’t available passed the Virginia House but died in the Senate during this year’s legislative session. Republican Sen. Charles W. “Bill” Carrico, who sponsored the bill, said he thinks Tennessee’s decision and a high-profile botched injection in Oklahoma recently bolster the chances of his bill passing next year.


Thirty-five states, the federal government and the U.S. military use injection as the primary method of carrying out an execution. Three of them — New Mexico, Connecticut, and Maryland — abolished the death penalty but their laws were not retroactive, leaving inmates on death row in each state.


Arizona, Missouri and Wyoming allow the state to put inmates to death in the gas chamber if lethal injection drugs are not available.


Delaware, New Hampshire and Washington allow the state to hang inmates if lethal injection drugs are not available.


· Oklahoma: Law on the books would allow the state to use a firing squad only if lethal injection and electrocution are found unconstitutional.

· Utah: No longer offers the firing squad as an option to inmates, but would allow it only for inmates who chose this method prior to its elimination.

— AP

Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
New and Developing




Must Read


Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction