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Witnesses not certain he died immediately

Published: Friday, June 18 2010 4:00 a.m. MDT

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Gardner is dead and that's OK with me - he died as the law said he should. However, I don't feel any better because of his execution, and I don't sense society is any better either. There is a vacuous emotion emanating after executions. Perhaps it's time to reconsider the morality of societal mandated killing.


I'm all for capital punishment in cases like this,but I'd never want to watch it. Just reading about it makes me fel queezy. Why are members of the media allowed in to watch? Why do they even want to? Very strange. Atleast justice was finally served.


Thank you for publishing the story. It removed some of the mystery of the execution seeing the pictures of the chair and room where it took place.

Wayne Rout

The world is a better place. Too bad it took so long.


Condolences to the victims family, condolences to the Gardner family.

Mike in Sandy



Life in prison as an alternative would be fine with me as long as it required 8 hrs. a day of hard labor and some sort of community service rendered within the confines of the prison. No more of the glorified "big house" You do the crime it's going to cost you BIG! If the death penalty is to survive it can't take 25 yrs to get on with it. Limit the appeals. Have a panel of representatives pro bona provide the best 3 appeals. If you fail on those 3 then it's time to pay the consequence of your actions. Make prison as undesirable as possible and quit making the honest hard working taxpayer another victim.


I'm not going to comment on the moral issue of whether executions should be done or not because that tends to be a personal decision on the part of each individual.

I do, however, question why we let the process of appeals take 25 years and countless hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' money to get to this point. I have heard the figure of $20,000 to $25,000 a year to keep one inmate in prison. I really don't care if they are executed or locked away for the rest of their lives. I would like to know if it is cheaper for us taxpayers to pay for their incarceration for the rest of their life or to pay for their endless appeals to state and federal courts for twenty plus years.


' "But it wasn't bad whatsoever. You didn't see hardly any blood. He was dressed all in black. I just feel like justice has finally been served. He deserved it."' - Article.

Found guilty, admitting the guilt, and more than 2 decades since the death of his victims...

I am simply glad this chapter is over.

Brother Chuck Schroeder

Was he a mormon?. Gardner had met with an LDS bishop, a person he had known for several years and whom he trusted. Gardner sat on a bunk in the observation cell and spoke to the bishop through a small port used for handcuffing inmates.


Gardner was repentant but he said his family shoudn't mourn his loss but celebrate his freedom.

So you punishment hounds realy think you got the best of him this way? My worst nightmare would be 30 more years in prison.


1) I hope the next one doesn't take 25 years.
2) It appears a space has opened up for Curtis Algier.


That was an interesting write-up. I lived in Utah at the time of his last crime, and I remember the panic that had set in throughout the Salt Lake and surrounding areas. With time, people forget the horrible impact that it had when it initially happened.

He's gone. His "legacy" will be brought to light now and again, but it is better that an unjust man to die rather than let him kill again and have no mercy, or to manipulate the system with his cohort - his lawyer.


This tiny part of the world continues to grow colder and colder with each passing day.


7 times 70, Love thy enemy, do good to them that deceitfully use you. Thou shalt not kill. Christ made it very clear.

RLG wasn't an innocent man, but murder by state is still murder and makes "justice" no better then crime. Life in prison is punishment enough and can even turn a murder into a human being - See "Shakespeare Behind Bars". Of course that requires compassion on the part of people. Something I think is lacking in Utah today.


Hmmm. Did the Des News write anything in regards to Gardner's victims and their last words?

I didn't think so.

The victims are nobodies. Their lives don't matter. The suffering of their families and friends is of no importance. At least not to some of you.


As a tax payer it is upsetting that we had to pay for 25 years for this criminal to sit in prison. I can't believe death row inmates have to wait so long to be executed. They should be executed within a year of their death sentence.

I'm concerned the grouping of shots was so wide. 4 inches apart! At least one of the shooters pulled to the right when he shot. That bullet hole on the far right missed the bullseye by at least 3 inches. After all the practice the shooters experienced, I'm surprised by the variance. Maybe that was by design though.


If he was repentant then good for him. But, murder is something you cannot undo. Justice has been served and now it is up to the big man upstairs to decide his eternal fate. I just hope that the victims can now move on with their lives. It is ridiculous that it took so long and so many taxpayer dollars to exercise justice.


No more appeals, no more wasted food and medical care.
No more having to deal with all of the associated idiocy.

No lets march the rest of the death row denizens in there and finish the job.

Over the Top

Crime and Punishment. Too bad it took 25 years to fully serve justice.

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