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Death Row killer who shot man dead during bank robbery to die by firing squad
June 24, 2022
A man sentenced to death for a carjacking murder after a botched bank robbery has had his request for a firing squad approved.
Michael Nance, 61, believes that a lethal injection would be "unsuitable" and insisted on a firing squad rather than the state-approved method of lethal injection for Death Row inmates.
The Supreme Court granted the request, ruling in favour of the Georgia-based prisoner after a high court said the prisoner has the right to challenge the state's execution protocols.
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This has led to the 61-year-old insisting on a firing squad to take him out, with his request granted despite it not being an approved method of execution in Georgia.
Nance argued that the only form of execution available, a lethal injection, would bring undue pain and suffering during the 11th hour.
Court documents revealed that Nance, who was sentenced to death in 2002, had refused the lethal injection after saying his veins are "severely compromised and unsuitable for sustained intravenous access."
The killer also alleged that there is an increased risk over the use of a sedative in the execution method, with worries that it would not render him fully unconscious.
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Nance, who was sentenced to death over the 1993 murder of Gabor Balogh in an attempted carjacking after a botched bank robbery, claimed he had trouble over the potential use of the sedative in the execution process.
He cited previous use of back pain medication and long time prescription drugs use as a potential problem for the sedative's effectiveness.
The 61-year-old does not currently have an execution date, but UPI reported that Nance had his request granted after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favour of the killer.
According to Vice, three states in the United States, Oklahoma, Mississippi and South Carolina, have all previously passed legislature that legalised the use of firing squads on Death Row inmates.
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