INTRODUCTION: In the United States, condemned killer Gary Gilmore was shot by firing squad at Utah State prison on Monday (17 January).
GV EXT Prison buildings
CU INT Phone ringing ZOOM OUT TO GV prison spokesman announcing Gilmore's execution
SV Newsmen shown around execution room with chair in which Gilmore died (3 shots)
SV & CU Firing squad's firing position
CU & SV Execution chair on view to newsmen (4 shots)
CU Artist's impression of Gilmore strapped in chair
GV EXT Gilmore's body wheeled away for autopsy (MUTE)
SCU Gilmore's uncle giving press conference
KEN SHULSEN: "The order of the Judicial District Court of the State of Utah has been carried out. Gary Mark Gilmore is dead."
REPORTER: "After it was all over prison officials allowed the press to go to the execution site -- to the warehouse to take pictures. Gilmore was seated on a heavy wooden chair on a platform. Behind it was plywood backed by sandbags. His wrists ankles and neck were tied by nylon straps. About 30 feet away in a corner was a square type of tent, canvas, from ceiling to floor. In that canvas were small slits. The rifleman were able to come in the back secretly and fire through those without ever being seen. The warden then asked if he had anything to say. Gilmore said calmly: 'Let's do it.' Two guards placed a black hood over his head. The... ...firing squad aimed at a small white target on his black tee-shirt. The warden gave a hand gesture and there were four shots. Gilmore's body was taken to the university of Utah medical centre for autopsy. The first execution in this country in a decade was over."
DAMICO: "He died like he wanted to die, in dignity. It was very upsetting to me. But he got his wish. He did die and he died in dignity."
On monday (17 January), the day of Gilmore's execution, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of execution of the death sentence against Texas rapist and murderer Jerry Lee Jurek. Jurek was to be executed on Wednesday (19 January). The death sentence was accompanied by a court order permitting the electrocution to be filmed.
REPORTER: BILL BROWN
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In the United States, condemned killer Gary Gilmore was shot by firing squad at Utah State prison on Monday (17 January). The execution, which was the first in the United States for nearly ten years, followed a night of drama when it looked as though it might be stopped. At midnight a Federal judge ordered a ten day postponement -- then an appeals court, sitting at a dawn emergency session in the neighbouring state of Colorado, said the execution could proceed. Gilmore, whose death opens the doors to further executions in the U.S., repeatedly demanded to die for the killing of a young motel clerk last July.
SYNOPSIS: The execution took place in an old tannery at the prison, shortly after sunrise. Gilmore was refused a last request to be allowed to stand, ,and died instead strapped to a chair.
After the execution Gilmore's uncle Laverne Damico spoke to newsmen: