J.W. Ledford Jr. was convicted of murder in 1992 and has been on Georgia’s death row for 25 years.
Now, Mr. Ledford is requesting that meet his maker via a firing squad instead of lethal injection.
Ledford’s lawyers say that he suffers from nerve pain and the lethal injection would be too painful for due to the medication he takes for his nerve condition.
“If Ledford is given that lethal injection drug, he may not be rendered unconscious and thus would suffer an excruciating death,” according to his lawyer as quoted by CNN.
Mr. Ledford proposes that the firing squad is a readily implemented and more reliable alternative method of execution that would eliminate the risks posed to him by lethal injection.
— Lawyer for Ledford
Ledford is scheduled to be executed next week, and the state of Georgia is objecting to his petition of death by a firing squad as a means of delaying his execution.