Ohio Prosecutor: Bring Back Firing Squad

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CINCINNATI (AP) – A county prosecutor in Ohio who is frustrated by death row appeals says he wants the state to bring back death by firing squad amid complaints about lethal injection.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said in a Thursday interview that capital punishment “is not supposed to be a pleasant experience.” The comments were made during an interview about a denied stay of execution request for convicted murderer Robert Van Hook.

Van Hook is scheduled to be executed July 18.

Deters says he’s annoyed about hearing that lethal injection drugs don’t work effectively or quickly and says firing squads are “constitutional.”

He says if Ohioans don’t want the death penalty, they should persuade the Legislature to get rid of it.

Utah still uses firing squads as an execution method.