Eerie first picture of firing squad chair Death Row inmate will be executed in

A death row inmate who killed a shop assistant will be executed by a firing squad after he rejected lethal injection.

Richard Bernard Moore, of South Carolina, is the first inmate to get a choice in how he will die, with his execution also being the first scheduled in the state in over a decade.

It comes after a law passed last year, which allows electrocution to be the default execution method, offering prisoners the option to face three prison workers with rifles as an alternative.

According to nonprofit Death Penalty Information Centre, South Carolina is one of eight states to still use electrocution and one of four to approve a firing squad.

Moore wrote in a statement that he doesn't believe that either method is legal or constitutional but said he opposed death by the electric chair more.

The 57-year-old said: "I believe this election is forcing me to choose between two unconstitutional methods of execution, and I do not intend to waive any challenges to electrocution or firing squad by making an election."

Moore was convicted of killing convenience store worker James Mahoney in Spartanburg in 1999 after he went into the store searching for money to support his cocaine habit.

During his trial in 2001, prosecutors said he got into a dispute with the clerk, who got out a pistol that Moore wrestled away from Mahoney.

The court heard that Mahoney shot Moore in the arm after he pulled a second pistol and then Moore shoot him in the chest.

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At the time of the gunfight, Moore said that he acted in self-defence after the clerk drew the first gun, reports Daily Mail.

His supporters have argued that the crime doesn't equal to the level of the death penalty, with his lawyer's appeals stating that he didn't intend to kill someone because he didn't walk into the store with a gun.

Moore will be the first person put to death in the state since 2011 and the fourth in the country to die by firing squad in almost half a century, If he is executed as planned on April 29.

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