Utah is the only state to allow firing squads, widely seen as an unnecessarily brutal and archaic means of execution.
Asked by the judge to choose between lethal injection - the more common method in Utah - or the firing squad, Gardner was quick in his response. "I would like the firing squad, please."
The identities of the five marksmen chosen to be part of the firing squad will be kept secret, but it is certain they have already been practising for the execution. If and when the moment arrives, they will each receive a rifle, one of which will be loaded with a wax bullet. No one will know for sure whose rifle fires the fatal shot - a precaution designed to protect all of them from subsequent remorse
All five men belonged to the Salt Lake Police Force. "I wrestled with the morality. I'm not a super-religious or spiritual person," one said. "I go to church every Sunday. I did wrestle with `thou shall not kill.' But I still felt that it was part of my job."
Two told the Tribune last week that they slept easy when they got home. Shooting Taylor was like "returning a defective product to the manufacturer", one said. Another betrayed a sliver of uncertainty. "I had issues about shooting a guy strapped in a seat, helpless," he said.
"But the state had ordered us to do this and we had a job to do. I don't regret doing it, but I would never do it again."