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Timeline: Ronnie Lee Gardner's final day

Published: Friday, June 18 2010 1:05 a.m. MDT

Utah Department of Corrections spokesman Steve Gehrke announces that the execution warrant for Ronnie Lee Gardner was carried out at 12:17 a.m. at the Utah State Prison on Friday. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News) Utah Department of Corrections spokesman Steve Gehrke announces that the execution warrant for Ronnie Lee Gardner was carried out at 12:17 a.m. at the Utah State Prison on Friday. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

3:30 p.m. — Gov. Gary Herbert declines request to postpone execution.

4 p.m. — Utah State Prison goes into lockdown and will remain in lockdown until Sunday.

5 p.m. — Prison officials inform media that Gardner is "relaxed" and has been sleeping, eating and reading in his observation cell.

5:30 p.m. — Gardner has been "fairly private" in his cell.

5:40 p.m. — Officials say Gardner earlier was reading "Divine Justice" by David Baldacci, described as a "spy thriller" novel, and watching "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

6:40 p.m. — Gardner has been drinking fluids — vitamin water and Sprite — and reading mail. He continues to fast from food. He is now watching the second "Lord of the Rings" movie and is discussing it with prison staff.

Rowan Eyzaguirre, from left, Cedar Gonzalez and Anthony Barnes hold candles to protest againt Ronnie Lee Gardner's death penalty at the Utahns for Alternatives to the Death Penalty rally at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The execution warrant for Ronnie Lee Gardner was carried out at 12:17 a.m. on Friday. (Matt Gillis, Deseret News) Rowan Eyzaguirre, from left, Cedar Gonzalez and Anthony Barnes hold candles to protest againt Ronnie Lee Gardner's death penalty at the Utahns for Alternatives to the Death Penalty rally at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The execution warrant for Ronnie Lee Gardner was carried out at 12:17 a.m. on Friday. (Matt Gillis, Deseret News)

7:15 p.m. — U.S. Supreme Court denies Gardner request to halt execution after reviewing a trio of appeals. Two justices dissented.

7:35 p.m. — Gardner intermittently sleeping and watching movie. Prison officials say it's not their responsibility to inform Gardner about the Supreme Court decision but his attorney's.

7:40 p.m. — Officials told there are no pending appeals.

7:55 p.m. — Gardner's lawyers submit second request to governor asking for stay of execution.

7:57 p.m. — Attorney tells media that Gardner is a "changed man" and a "mellow 49-year-old" who wants to help people.

8:30 p.m. — Gardner's LDS bishop speaks to Gardner through port in his cell. Gardner has known bishop for years.

Ronnie Lee Gardner's family and friends keep watch near the Utah State Prison in Draper on Thursday. The execution warrant for Ronnie Lee Gardner was carried out at 12:17 a.m. on Friday. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Ronnie Lee Gardner's family and friends keep watch near the Utah State Prison in Draper on Thursday. The execution warrant for Ronnie Lee Gardner was carried out at 12:17 a.m. on Friday. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

8:43 p.m. — Governor denies Gardner's second request.

9 p.m. — Gardner continues to meet with clergy. He is standing at the door of his cell drinking a Coke.

9:30 p.m. — Attorneys and clergy are escorted out of Gardner's observation cell. Gardner is still watching movies.

9:50 p.m. — Gardner is now watching third LOTR movie and requests a Mountain Dew.

10:54 p.m. — Media witnesses escorted inside prison.

11:25 p.m. — Gardner's family is holding candlelight vigil to "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. They are holding each other, crying and singing along.

11:55 p.m. (approx.) — Gardner escorted to execution chamber.

Ronnie Lee Gardner's cousin, Richard Hainsworth, and his wife Norma Jean Hainsworth, attended the Utahns for Alternatives to the Death Penalty rally at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The execution warrant for Ronnie Lee Gardner was carried out at 12:17 a.m. on Friday. (Matt Gillis, Deseret News) Ronnie Lee Gardner's cousin, Richard Hainsworth, and his wife Norma Jean Hainsworth, attended the Utahns for Alternatives to the Death Penalty rally at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The execution warrant for Ronnie Lee Gardner was carried out at 12:17 a.m. on Friday. (Matt Gillis, Deseret News)

12:15 a.m. — Executioners fire shots.

12:17 a.m. — Gardner is pronounced dead.

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