Death row inmates demand firing squad execution after botched lethal injections

Prisoners on death row are campaigning for their deaths to be by firing squad instead of lethal injection after botched executions.

Inmates Donald Grant and Gilbert Postelle in Oklahoma have spent the last 11 and 17 years respectively waiting to be executed for their crimes.

But their lawyers have launched a case against the prison arguing that the method used to end lives on death row carries a "substantial risk of severe pain and suffering".

In a meeting held on Monday, attorney Jim Stronski told the judge that bullets fired at a prisoner's heart may be gruesome to look at but it will be quicker and pretty much pain-free.

Double murderer Grant's legal team claims the lag who has been locked up since admitting to his crimes in 2001, is severely mentally ill and shouldn’t be executed, Fox23News reports.

His attorney Susan Otto revealed Grant is "terrified" of his impending execution.

Ms Otto said: "Mr Grant is well aware he’s going to be executed. He does not wish to be executed. He is afraid, and he understands that he may die like John Grant. And he’s terrified of that."

Postelle murdered four people in 2005 who he believed caused his dad's injuries in a motorcycle accident.

The killer denied any memory of the crime, claiming he had been addicted to meth from a young age.

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The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board denied clemency for Grant and Postelle in late 2021.

Oklahoma is set to decide on further use of lethal injection on death row in a trial next month.

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According to Fox23News, Judge Stephen Friot will be looking to determine whether the form of execution is constitutional.

Around two dozen inmates could immediately get execution dates if Judge Friot agrees with the current death by drugs method.

If he does not, however, Oklahoma will be hit by further delays in executing a total of more than 40 people on death row.

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