Ordered to drop his weapon, he threw down his gun and lay down, surrendering to the officers. He ate his last meal Tuesday evening a feast of steak, lobster tail, apple pie, vanilla ice cream and 7UP. Clark Gardner executed By Christopher Smart - Salt Lake Tribune June 18, 2010 Ronnie Lee Gardner's quarter-century on death row ended at today when a firing squad executed one of Utah's most notorious killers.
His death signaled the end of a gut-wrenching saga for the families of the Utah men Gardner murdered or wounded and those who had hoped to spare the killer's life.
As Gardner exited the building, Miller broke free and escaped.
Outside, Gardner was surrounded by half a dozen waiting policemen with drawn weapons. (Habeas) Final/Special Meal: Gardner fasted from food in the 36 hours leading up to his death, drinking only liquids.
Three months later, Gardner shot and killed Melvyn John Otterstrom as he tended bar at the Cheers Tavern in Salt Lake City.
On April 2, 1985 Gardner was under a $1.5 million bail and was transported from the Utah State Prison to the Metropolitan Hall of Justice in Salt Lake City for a pretrial hearing on a second degree murder charge for killing Melvyn Otterstrom.
Kirk, then 58, a uniformed bailiff who was unarmed and had just stepped off an elevator.
Gardner climbed the stairs to the next floor, where he took hostage Wilburn Miller, a vending machine serviceman.The guards exchanged gunfire with Gardner, shot him through the lung, and then retreated from the area.In attempting to escape, Gardner entered the archives room, where he shot and killed attorney Michael Burdell, hiding behind the door.Gardner then forced prison officer Richard Thomas, who was also in the basement, to conduct him out of the archives room to a stairwell leading to the second floor.As Gardner crossed the lobby, he shot and seriously wounded Nicholas G.He was wounded by gunfire and was eventually arrested and returned to prison.