Prosecutor: State should bring back firing squad

CINCINNATI (AP) — A county prosecutor in Ohio who is frustrated by death row appeals said he wants the state to bring back death by firing squad amid complaints about lethal injection.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said in a Thursday interview that capital punishment “is not supposed to be a pleasant experience.” WLWT-TV reported the comments were made during an interview about a denied stay of execution request for convicted murderer Robert Van Hook.

Van Hook is scheduled to be executed Wednesday.

Deters said he’s annoyed about hearing lethal injection drugs don’t work effectively or quickly and said firing squads are “constitutional.”

He said if Ohioans don’t want the death penalty, they should persuade the Legislature to get rid of it.

Utah still uses firing squads as an execution method.