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Oklahoma death row inmates Donald Grant & Gilbert Postelle wanted to die by FIRE mouth instead of injecting 3 lethal drugs

OKLAHOMA death row inmates Donald Grant and Gilbert Postelle requested execution by firing squad instead of the state’s three lethal injections.

The death row inmates, Donald Grant and Gilbert Postelle, want US Judge Stephen Friot to grant them a temporary order to delay their upcoming executions.

Gilbert Postelle will be executed on February 17, 2022

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Gilbert Postelle will be executed on February 17, 2022Credit: AP
Donald Grant is scheduled to be executed on January 27, 2022

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Donald Grant is scheduled to be executed on January 27, 2022Credit: AP

Grant, who is to be executed on January 27, and Postelle, who is due to be executed on February 17, are hoping their executions are delayed so a trial is held to see if the three injections Is Oklahoma’s lethal drug unconstitutional?

“There’s a lot of stuff to get my mind on,” Friot said as he waited.

After a day-long hearing on Monday, Oklahoma City and attorney Jim Stronski announced their intention to issue an order by the end of the week.

“Although it may be scary to look at, we all agree that things go faster,” he told the court.

Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah also use firing squads to execute execution orders, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Oklahoma is also one of the only states that allows more than two methods of execution with the use of the electric chair and the lack of oxygen nitrogen.

And the latest order has been backed by experts who have cited the benefits of “faster” death.

Dr. James Williams, an emergency medical expert from Texas, testified that a firing squad from multiple rifles would trigger an immediate execution.

He concluded that the bullets would create a “cardiac bundle” of the heart so fast that a prisoner would not feel pain.

Meanwhile, Justin Farris, chief operations officer for the Department of Corrections, recalled last year’s executions of death row inmates John Marion Grant and Bigler Stouffer.

Farris, who was inside the death chamber for both executions, described the two lethal injections as being at “opposite ends of the spectrum”.

Grant, who was pronounced dead after vomiting and convulsing on the ledge, is said to have hurled obscenities as he resisted execution by trying to bend his arms and legs.

Stouffer, on the other hand, is “as polite as you can imagine in any situation,” Farris added.

LAW CHANGES

The impediment injection comes less than a year after South Carolina enacted a new law allowing it choose death penalty between execution by electric chair or execution by firing squad.

“The families and loved ones of the victims are owed closure and justice. Now, we can deliver it,” McMaster said at the time on Twitter.

But the decision to use firing squads as an additional method of executing prisoners has been criticized by human rights groups.

“These are previous methods of execution that were replaced by lethal injection, which is considered more humane, Justice 360’s Lindsey Vann told The Associated Press after the law changed.

“It makes South Carolina the only state to revert to less humane methods of execution.”

South Carolina carried out about three executions a year from 1996 to 2009.

Pictured is gurney in the execution room of the Oklahoma State Prison in McAlester, Oklahoma

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Pictured is gurney in the execution room of the Oklahoma State Prison in McAlester, OklahomaCredit: AP
Two Oklahoma death row inmates will be executed in just a few weeks

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Two Oklahoma death row inmates will be executed in just a few weeksCredit: Getty
Death row inmates must choose between electric chair or arm arm under South Carolina’s new law

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