Firing squad option removed from execution House bill

A Mississippi Senate panel has removed the firing squad as a proposed execution option in case courts block the state from obtaining lethal injection drugs.

Lethal injection is Mississippi’s only execution method. The state faces lawsuits claiming the drugs it plans to use would violate constitutional prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment.

The House voted Feb. 8 for a bill that would list firing squad, electrocution and gas chamber as additional methods.

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary A Committee erased the firing squad from House Bill 638 .