WASHINGTON – The United States Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of Michael Nance, a prisoner sentenced to death penalty in the state of Georgia, which He has asked to be shot instead of being executed by lethal injection.
With five votes in favor and four against, the high court endorsed that the will of the prisoner be fulfilled, who considers that the lethal injection is more painful than the execution.
Lethal injection is the only method of execution provided for under Georgia law, but firing squads exist in other states across the country.
The majority of the court held that people sentenced to death can propose an alternative method of execution that reduces the “risk of severe pain”.
In addition, he argued that this method may be one that is provided for in a state other than the one that sentenced the convicted person.
According to local press, Nance was arrested for murder after robbing a bank in 1993. His defense argues that his veins are weak and that lethal injection would cause unbearable damage.
In 2017, Georgia executed by lethal injection a prisoner who had asked to be killed by firing squad, but at that time the Supreme denied it.
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