Attorneys for death row inmate ask for firing squad

Attorneys for a 66-year-old death row inmate with ties to Parker and Palo Pinto Counties say his health problems make him unsuitable for lethal injection. They’re proposing he be shot by a firing squad or be administered a lethal dose of nitrogen gas instead.

66-year-old Danny Paul Bible is scheduled to be lethally injected on Wednesday evening but his attorneys argued his health issues make him unsuitable for that method of capital punishment.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was considering the appeal Tuesday. A federal judge in Houston last week rejected it.

Neither firing squad nor nitrogen gas are legal execution methods in Texas and the state legislature isn’t scheduled to meet again until next year.

Among Bible’s several victims are Tracy Powers and her 4-month-old son, Justin, killed in Parker County in May of 1983, as well as her roommate, Pam Hudgins, killed on the same day in Palo Pinto County.

Attorneys earlier argued unsuccessfully that Bible was left disabled and in permanent pain after a prison van he was traveling in in 2003 crashed, killing a corrections officer and the driver of another vehicle involved in the wreck.

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