Bryan Kohberger, the accused murderer currently on trial over the deaths of four university students, could face a "Russian Roulette" firing squad if found guilty.

Kohberger, 28, is being held without bail over the deaths of four university students, who he is said to have stabbed to death in their sleep after breaking into their home.

The criminology PhD candidate has been held over the murders of Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20 since December last year.

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Should a court find the 28-year-old guilty, he could face a Death Row firing squad, where prison officers in Idaho would line up and take aim.

Kohberger's trial is still months away but he may face a Russian roulette-styled execution if he is found guilty of the killings.

Idaho lawmakers are pushing for a new bill that would give Death Row lags a legal alternative to lethal injections, opting to bring back death by shooting.

Questions arose over the ethics of execution by firing squad as it can lead to "extreme pain" but an expert has said it is "more humane" than a lethal injection.

Bruce Skaug, the Republican representative hoping to bring back the death by shooting option as drug supplies for lethal injections prove harder to source.

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Mr Skaug said: "There can be about 10 seconds of extreme pain before death at times but I find it to be, in my personal view, more humane than lethal injection."

His push for Russian roulette shootings come over a decade on from the most recent execution with rifles, carried out on self-described "nasty little bugger" Ronnie Lee Gardner.

Five executioners armed with .30 calibre rifles took out Gardner, although one rifle was carrying a blank bullet so that nobody knew who was firing the fatal shots.

It marked the third firing squad execution in the United States since 1976, where it was slammed as "barbaric".

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