Utah Governor Declines Stay Of Execution For Ronnie Lee Gardner

Utah's governor rejected a request Thursday to temporarily stay the execution of death row inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner, saying Gardner "had a full and fair opportunity" to present his case.Gardner, 49, faces execution by firing squad shortly after midnight Friday (2 a.m. ET) for the shooting death of attorney Michael Burdell during a botched escape attempt from custody in 1985 at a Salt Lake City, Utah, courthouse. He would be only the third person to die by firing squad in the United States in 33 years.Earlier, a federal appeals court in Denver, Colorado, refused to stop the procedure, and Gardner's attorneys filed another request for a stay with the U.S. Supreme Court, which is already considering other appeals.Gardner's attorneys sent a three-page letter to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert Friday morning asking him to "issue a respite or reprieve pursuant to your executive power under the Utah Constitution." But the governor was not moved."Upon careful review, there is nothing in the materials