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    Nevada inmate fighting execution seeks firing-squad option

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A convicted killer who is fighting a possible June execution date that would make him the first person put to death in Nevada in 15 years is calling for the state to consider the firing squad as an option, a rare method in the United States (US).

    Attorneys for Zane Michael Floyd said he does not want to die and are challenging the state plan to use a proposed three-drug lethal injection, which led to court challenges that twice delayed the execution of another convicted killer who later took his own life in prison.

    “This is not a delaying tactic,” federal public defender representing Floyd Brad Levenson said on Monday.

    But a challenge of the state execution protocol requires the defence to provide an alternative method, and Levenson said gunshots to the brain stem would be “the most humane way”.

    Nevada once allowed firing squads, but state law now requires the use of lethal injection in sentences of capital punishment.

    Three US states — Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah — and the US military allow capital punishment by gunfire. The last time that method was used in the US was in Utah in 2010.

    Nevada death row inmate Zane Michael Floyd, convicted of killing four people and wounding a fifth in a shotgun attack at a Las Vegas supermarket in 1999. PHOTO: AP
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