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Default SC Senate Rejects Firing Squads But Approves Requiring Electric Chair

SC Senate Rejects Firing Squads But Approves Requiring Electric Chair as Backup

COLUMBIA – "The state Senate on Tuesday rejected a proposal to include firing squads as a means of execution but gave key approval to a bill to require the use of the electric chair if lethal injection is not available.

The electric-chair bill was proposed by Sen. William Timmons of Greenville, who argued it would provide certainty for convicted criminals' victims at a time when some prosecutors have been persuaded to seek life sentences, only, because lethal-injection drugs are no longer available.

"South Carolina has made its voice known and has asked that justice be served," Timmons said afterward.

The 26-12 vote along party lines came after hours of debate that included discussion of capital punishment.

After a final reading in the Senate, the bill will head to the House, where it will undergo hearings and votes there. If unaltered there, it would head to Gov. Henry McMaster, who could make it law."

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