Title 77 Chapter 18 Section 5.5

Utah Code of Criminal Procedure
The Judgment
Section 5.5
Judgment of death -- Method is lethal injection -- Exceptions for use of firing squad.

            

77-18-5.5.   Judgment of death -- Method is lethal injection -- Exceptions for use of firing squad.

            (1) When a defendant is convicted of a capital felony and the judgment of death has been imposed, lethal intravenous injection is the method of execution.

            (2) Subsection (1) applies to any defendant sentenced to death on or after May 3, 2004.

            (3) If a court holds that a defendant has a right to be executed by a firing squad, the method of execution for that defendant shall be a firing squad. This Subsection (3) applies to any defendant whose right to be executed by a firing squad is preserved by that judgment.

            (4) (a) If a court holds that execution by lethal injection is unconstitutional on its face, the method of execution shall be a firing squad.

            (b) If a court holds that execution by lethal injection is unconstitutional as applied, the method of execution for that defendant shall be a firing squad.


Amended by Chapter 51, 2004 General Session