SALT LAKE CITY -- Noall Wootton, the county attorney who prosecuted Gary Gilmore, the nation's first person executed after the 1976 reinstatement of the death penalty, died of cancer April 27. He was 65.
Gilmore was executed by firing squad in January 1977, the year after the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty following a 10-year moratorium.
Gilmore was executed for the slaying of Provo motel clerk Bennie Bushnell. He also was charged with capital murder for killing Brigham Young University law student Max Jensen, a part-time Orem gas station attendant, the night before the Bushnell murder.
Mr. Wootton, who was Utah County attorney from 1974 to 1986, was in his first term when he prosecuted Gilmore.