Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-01-181
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h on jnmore Executed. ( (35 i1 J' be TO "3 L V (UPI) Point of the Mountain, Utah A Utah State Prison firing squad killed Gary Gilmore with four shots through the chest shortly after sunrise today in the United State's first execution in a decade. After the six -man rifle team lined up behind a gray canvas 25 feet away... Gilmore told Warden Sam Smith... and we quote... "Let's do it." Gilmore was strapped into a chair when the execution took place. Just minutes after, three federal judges in Denver lifted the last legal barrier to the killer's death. A black cor duroy hood was placed over the 36-year-old slayer's head and the firing squad pumped a volley of 30-30 slugs at a round white target pinned to his chest. The time was 8: 07 a .m. 18 minutes after dawn. Agent Larry Schiller., who was invited by Gilmore to witness the shooting said., and we quote.. "The Warden gave the signal, and then bang-bang-bang." Schiller says Gilmore moved . . his head turned slightly to the left., but he stayed erect. The bullets tore through the condemned man's body, through the straw-filled leather cushion and wooden back of the captain's chair, through a three fourth inch of plywood and into a pile of sandbags. The deadly riflefire ended a two and a half -month saga in which Gilmore finally won his right., as he put it .. to "die with dignity, like a man." Gilmore was executed for the brutal slaying last summer of motel manager Bennie Bushnell during a two-bit holdup in Provo, Utah. He had also admitted a similar slaying the previous night during a gas station robbery. The firing squad consisted of a leader, who gave the signal to fire, and five riflemen four shooting live rounds and one a gun loaded with a blank. Gilmore was executed after a long night of legal maneauvering that ended only minutes before dawn when the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver lifted a stay of execution. That stay was granted seven hours earlier by U.S. District Court Judge Willis Ritter on an American Civil Liberties Union Appeal which said taxpayers' funds were being spent illegally because Utah's death penalty Convocat Ezra Taft Benson, president of the Quorum of 12, will give a special Convocation today at noon. Benson, former Secretary of Agriculture, will speak on the Free Enterprise System. It will be held in the FA Auditorium . Defends Weber S3', . ( . - 1 " ,' I '. . , A -I . - - PAT PAULSEN, Comedian Politican, will speak at convocations Thursday at noon in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Details on page 4. John Ulibarri, D-Roy, objected to Governor Scott Matheson's sharp budget cut of Weber State College. Ulibarri said that Weber is getting "shortchanged" by the cut proposed by Matheson. Last week, Matheson recommended a $600,000 cut in the WSC budget. Ulibarri replied that Weber should get as much money as other schools for its undergraduate programs. Ulibarri expressed "great disappointment" with the budget cut. He said that the faculty and staff salaries should be brought into line with other four year colleges in the state,. President Joseph Bishop was not available for comment. Sample poll A sample poll of students around the Union Building showed mixed emotions about the death of Gary Gilmore. "Ritter should have been shot with him," one student stated, while another student said "I feel ashamed that my tax money has been used to murder someone." What's your opinion? The Signpost encourages you to express your opinion in a letter to the Editor. law is unconstitutional. At the same time as the appeals court ruling.. U.S. Supreme Court Justices Bryon White and Thurgood Marshall rejected a last-minute request by the ACLU. The witnesses stood alongside the canvas screen hiding the rifle squad, facing Gilmore who was spotlighted by a floocflamp attached to a ceiling beam about six feet in front of the chair. Gilmore's body was covered with a blanket and a young girl, apparently the daughter of his uncle Vera Damico, was kneeling beside it. The killer's remains were taken to the University of Utah Medical Center, where doctors removed his corneas, skin, and peripheral nerves for transplants and his kidneys and thigh bones for use in medical research. Gilmore had donated his body to medicine. His uncle says a family funeral will be held in Provo, Utah, followed by his cremation. When U.S. District Court Judge Willis Ritter made his last-minute ruling attempting to halt the execution of Gary Gilmore.. he was living up to a reputation of one of the country's more controversial justices. Ritter, who will be 78 next week, issued an order during the night barring the execution on grounds that some parts of Utah's death penalty law had not been tested before the U.S. Supreme Court. The judge acted on a taxpayer's petition which said state money could not be used until the issue had another court hearing. Some lawyers thought there was no legal hope of preventing Gilmore's execution. But Judge Ritter has a long-standing reputation as an unpreditable, independent justice, After an hour and a half of arguments and an hour of pondering, he ruled there was too much uncertainty about the death penalty law. His order was overrruled a short time later by the U.S. Appeals Court in Denver. About the same time., two U.S. Supreme Court Justices refused to block the execution., and Gilmore was executed. i . ' - ' ? I I I ' V : . 1 1 V lit I if ' IlL-t '".a Photo: by Clyde Mueller KANDEE JONES (21) shoots for two points in WSC women's basketball game with top ranked .Arizona. The Wfldcats won the game 73-70.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-01-18, Vol. 37, No. 23|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|