The Board of Pardons and Parole has denied killer Ronnie Lee Gardner’s commutation request, meaning his June 18 execution by firing squad will move forward as planned.
“To me it was just an assignment, nothing more than getting an order to do something like kicking in a door to serve a warrant,” said a member of the squad, one of three who agreed to break their silence as another firing squad execution – only the third in the nation since Gilmore’s – looms in Utah.
They want to help people understand.
“I don’t think any of us were motivated by a sense of revenge,” another of the trio said. “We took it very seriously and wanted to do it right.”