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A man on death row in the United States has won the right to challenge whether he received a lethal injection.
Michael Nance, 61, would rather die in front of a firing squad – but that’s not an approved method of execution in the state of Georgia.
Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has said he can challenge Georgia’s execution protocol under federal civil rights.
Nance, who was sentenced to death in 2002 after being convicted of murder, argued that a lethal injection would cause undue pain and suffering.
According to court documents, his veins are “severely compromised and unsuitable for sustained intravenous access.”
He also claimed there was a risk that the sedative used in lethal injections in Georgia might not render him unconscious due to long-term use of a prescription drug to treat back pain.
The firing squad is used for executions in four states – Mississippi, Oklahoma, Utah and South Carolina, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
In addition to lethal injection, there are three other methods: electrocution, lethal gas and hanging.
An injection is the most common, with 31 states favoring it.
Nance was convicted of murdering 43-year-old Gabor Balogh in an attempted carjacking in 1993, shortly after he robbed a bank.
It does not currently have an execution date.
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