Mississippi House approves firing squad as execution method

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JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi House wants to allow the state to execute prisoners using a firing squad if officials decide lethal injection is too expensive or unavailable.

The House amended Senate Bill 2237 Friday, which dealt with making the execution process secret, passing it 80-39 and sending it back to the Senate for more work.

Attorney General Jim Hood asked lawmakers earlier this year to approve alternate execution methods including the firing squad, electrocution and the use of nitrogen gas. Those measures had not, until Friday, passed either chamber.

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