Kenneth Lee Boyd, 57, was executed this morning by lethal injection as his sentence in the murder of his estranged wife and her father. Interestingly, as far as we know, this is no. 1000 after the 10-year moratorium on capital punishment that ended in 1976 with a Supreme Court ruling that usurped the states' power to have their own, individual laws on the subject. Who was the first to die after the moratorium? Some dude in Utah. He was executed in 1977. By a firing squad. So macho.