Death row inmate John Albert Taylor said he has chosen death by firing squad to make the execution more difficult for Utah State Prison officials.
"I'm not going to submit to lethal injection when I didn't do the crime," Taylor told a Deseret News correspondent in a telephone interview Friday. "I didn't commit the murder, and I'm not going to submit to letting them kill me on that table."Taylor is scheduled to die by firing squad at the prison on Jan. 26.
"I don't want to go flipping around like a fish out of water on that table," he said. "I know I didn't do the crime. I don't care what anybody thinks. I know the truth."
Taylor, 36, was convicted in 1989 of killing Charla King, 11, in a Washington Terrace Apartment. The body was found with the telephone cord wrapped around her neck, and she had been sexually assaulted.
The Utah Supreme Court earlier upheld both the conviction and the sentence. In the latest round of appeals, the Utah Supreme Court rejected Taylor's argument that his attorneys did not represent him effectively.
Taylor fired his Salt Lake attorney last month and plans no further appeals. Taylor declined to say why he is dropping his appeal.
"There is no need for an attorney," Taylor said. "If I don't fight for my appeal, I don't need an attorney."
Taylor said he did not commit the murder but admits to being in the apartment. He said he went into the apartment at about 12:30 that June afternoon to commit a burglary. His fingerprints were found on the telephone.
King's body was found at 4 p.m that same day, and the time of death was around midafternoon.
"She (Charla) was gone when I went into that apartment," he explained. "Nobody was there."
Second District Court Judge David Roth heard both the trial and sentencing testimony and ordered Taylor to die by lethal injection or firing squad.