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Oklahoma death row inmates argue firing squad as better alternative to lethal injection

On Monday, lawyers for two death row inmates argued to get the lethal injections of their clients delayed.

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Some Oklahoma death row inmates argued that a firing squad would be a better alternative to a lethal injection.

On Monday, lawyers for two death row inmates argued to get the lethal injections of their clients delayed. The argument is yet another development in the case that is challenging whether Oklahoma’s lethal injection program should be allowed under the constitution.

Eight witnesses testified on Monday, with a little over two weeks to go until the next execution.

Death row inmates Donald Grant and Gilbert Postelle want their execution dates delayed, arguing that Oklahoma’s lethal injection program has too high of a risk of severe pain and suffering. The inmates pointed back to the execution of John Grant, who media witnesses said convulsed and vomited.

"Those were pretty violent convulsions while he was strapped to the gurney," said Sean Murphy, Associated Press.

The next lethal injection was Bigler Stouffer, which sister station KOCO witnessed go off without incident. On Tuesday, the inmates argued that a "firing squad" would be a better alternative, with a doctor testifying that it would be quick, painless and with lower risk of being botched.

Oklahoma has never used the firing squad, but it is allowed under state law if other methods aren’t available.

The Department of Corrections said they currently have no procedures in place to carry out a firing squad execution. The Associated Press reported that Judge Friot hopes to rule on this motion by the end of the week.