Rodney Lee Gardner, some douchebag killer on Utah’s death row was executed by a firing squad. I think that’s awesome. Know what is more hilarious than that? His family played “Freebird” as the gunfire rained down.
From the SLTrib here:
Ronnie Lee Gardner’s quarter-century on death row ended at 12:20 today when a firing squad executed one of Utah’s most notorious killers. His death signaled the end of a gut-wrenching saga for the families of the Utah men Gardner murdered or wounded and those who had hoped to spare the killer’s life.
Barb Webb, daughter of Gardner victim Nick Kirk, sobbed when news of the execution came.
“I’m so relieved it’s all over,” she said, hugging her daughter, Mandi Hull. “I just hope my sister, who just passed away, and my father, and all of the other victims are waiting for his sorry ass. I hope they get to go down after him.”
Just after midnight, Gardner’s family members leaned against each other in a tight cluster and sobbed. They played Lynyrd’s Skynyrd’s “Free Bird,” singing along.
“I’m just glad it’s over. I’m glad he’s free,” said Randy Gardner after his brother’s death.