Gary Gilmore

Gary Gilmore

According to an Associated Press report, Gary Gilmore was executed by a firing squad in Utah in 1977 for the shooting death two years earlier of Provo motel clerk Bennie Bushnell. Gilmore also was charged with capital murder -- though never tried -- in the killing of Brigham Young University law student Max Jensen, a part-time Orem gas station attendant, the night before the Bushnell murder.

Gilmore was the first person executed after a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowed states to restore the death penalty in 1976 after a 10-year moratorium. Gilmore's story was the subject of the Norman Mailer book, "The Executioner's Song," which was later made into a movie starring Tommy Lee Jones as Gilmore.

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