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US Senator: Bring back 'humane' death by firing squad

A death row cell. Credit: Reuters

A senator in the US has proposed bringing back execution by firing squad in the wake of a botched lethal injection in another state, the Associated Press has reported.

Republican Paul Ray from Utah believes death by firing squad is the most humane form of execution and he plans to reintroduce it as on option for criminals sentenced to death in his state

"It sounds like the Wild West, but it's probably the most humane way to kill somebody," Ray said.

Mr Ray argues that the controversial method is more palatable in the wake of the botched lethal injection execution in Oklahoma last month. The US is suffering from a shortage of the drugs required to make the fatal cocktail used to end a prisoner's life.

Utah woman held after seven dead babies found

A 39-year-old woman has been arrested in Utah after seven dead babies were found in the garage at her former home.

Police officers responded to a call on Saturday from the woman's estranged husband about a dead infant at the home. Officers then discovered the six other bodies.

The babies are understood to have been born between 1996 and 2006. The bodies were sent to the Utah medical examiner's office for tests, including one to determine the cause of death.

Capt Michael Roberts said the case had been "emotionally draining" and upsetting to investigators. He was at the home when the bodies were discovered.

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Candlelit vigil for the five people killed in Utah

Between 100 and 150 people have gathered in Utah in the United States to remember Kelly Boren and her family.

The bodies of Kelly Boren, 32, Joshua “Jaden” Boren, 7, Haley Boren, 5, and Marie King, 55, and Joshua Boren, 34, were found inside their house late Thursday night.

Police believe Josh Boren, who was an officer with the Lindon Police Department and had previously worked for the Utah County Sheriff's Office, shot and killed his family in the upstairs area of their house before turning the gun on himself.

At a candlelit vigil, mourners signed a book, writing down their favorite memories of Kelly, and left photographs of her.

A funeral for Kelly, Haley, and Jaden Boren and Marie King will be held Wednesday.

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