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    Miller ended up being returned to his prison cell. In recent years, Alabama has had several incidents related to botched executions. In 2018, the state called off the execution of Doyle Hamm after being “unable to establish an intravenous line,” reports the Associated Press. “The Alabama Department of Corrections verges somewhere between malpractice and butchery,” said Bernard Harcourt, a lawyer who represented Doyle Hamm, according to the AP. “What it demonstrates is we really shouldn’t be given this incompetent bureaucrats the power over life and death.” The New York Times reports that it was not immediately clear when the state would try to execute Miller again. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said she expected that the execution would be rescheduled “at the earliest opportunity.”
    (CNN)The state of Alabama halted the execution of an inmate Thursday evening due to an inability to meet protocols before a midnight deadline, officials say.Alan Eugene Miller was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection after a US Supreme Court ruling earlier Thursday vacated a lower court injunction. But officials were unable to access Miller's veins within certain time limits, according to AL.com. "Due to the time constraints resulting in the lateness of the court proceedings, the execution was called off once it was determined the condemned's veins could not be accessed in accordance with our protocol before the expiration of the death warrant," said Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner John Hamm, according to AL.com. Miller has been returned to his cell on death row, Hamm said. Judge blocks Thursdays execution by lethal injection of Alabama death row inmate who says he requested to die by nitrogen hypoxiaMiller was sentenced to death for the 1999 murders of his former and contemporary co-workers, Lee Michael Holdbrooks, Christopher S. Yancy and Terry Lee Jarvis, each of whom was fatally shot. A forensic...
    U.S. District Judge R. Austin Huffaker ruled that death row inmate Alan Eugene Miller should not be put to death unless it is by his chosen method A federal judge on Monday halted the scheduled lethal injection of an Alabama death row inmate, ruling that he 'likely faces irreparable injury' if he is not executed by his requested method. U.S. District Judge R. Austin Huffaker issued a preliminary injunction blocking Alabama from putting Alan Eugene Miller, a delivery truck driver convicted of killing three co-workers in 1999, to death on September 22 as previously scheduled. The judge found that the state likely lost Miller's paperwork requesting to be executed by nitrogen hypoxia - a supposedly more humane method akin to suffocation - which Alabama has authorized but not yet implemented.  An Alabama jury took 20 minutes to convict, in a 10 to 2 vote, in July 2000 and decided that put Miller should be put to death. Two appeals of the verdict were denied. 'Miller will likely suffer irreparable injury if an injunction does not issue because he will be...
    Alan Eugene Miller says the state lost the paperwork he turned in selecting the alternate execution method of Nitrogen hypoxia Alabama could be ready to use a new, untried execution method called nitrogen hypoxia to carry out a death sentence later this month, a state attorney told a federal judge on Monday. James Houts, a deputy state attorney general, told U.S. District Judge R. Austin Huffaker Jr. that it is 'very likely' the method will be available for the execution of Alan Eugene Miller, currently set for September 22 by lethal injection. The final decision on whether to use the new method is up to Corrections Commissioner John Hamm, he said, and litigation is likely. While lethal injection is Alabama's primary execution method, the state in 2018 approved an untried method, nitrogen hypoxia, as an alternative amid mounting questions over lethal injection.  State law gave inmates a brief window of time in which to designate hypoxia it as their preferred execution method.  In a federal lawsuit filed last month attorneys argued Miller turned in a form selecting nitrogen, but the...
    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man who killed a college student has died by lethal injection in the state’s first execution since 2014. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    South Carolina has given the greenlight to firing-squad executions, a method codified into state law last year after a decade-long pause in carrying out death sentences because of the state´s inability to procure lethal injection drugs. The state Corrections Department said Friday that renovations have been completed on the death chamber in Columbia and that the agency had notified Attorney General Alan Wilson that it was able to carry out a firing-squad execution. The state had blocked executions last May after its new capital punishment law allowed death row inmates to choose death by electrocutions, lethal injection or firing squad, with the state not having the proper procedures in place for the later two options. It allowed death row inmates Brad Sigmon and Freddie Owens, both convicted murderers, to delay their executions for a lack of options, but if the state Supreme Court approves the new firing squad policies, they could be the first to be executed by the method in 12 years.  South Carolina is ready to use firing squads to carry out executions after the state put a...
    Authorities in Oklahoma on Thursday executed an inmate who was convicted of murdering a hotel manager and an employee at a La Quinta Inn during a robbery just outside Oklahoma City in 2001.  Donald Grant, 46, received a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester shortly after 10 a.m.  Donald Anthony Grant.  (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP) "Yo, God, I got this," Grant said as he lay strapped to a gurney, while rambling on incoherently for two minutes, according to witnesses. "No medication. I didn't take nothing. Brooklyn for life." "Yo, God, I got this. No medication. I didn't take nothing. Brooklyn for life." — Donald Grant, executed ThursdayGrant continued to speak to about seven witnesses who attended the execution on his behalf even after the microphone inside the chamber was turned off.  The entrance Gate and Guard Station at Oklahoma State Penitentiary.  (Getty Images) A doctor entered the room to conduct a consciousness check and a prison official declared him unconscious at 10:09 a.m. He appeared to stop breathing and was declared officially dead...
    (CNN)An Oklahoma death row inmate who had requested execution by firing squad was executed by lethal injection on Thursday, according to the state Department of Corrections.The execution of Donald Grant "was carried out with zero complications" at 10:16 a.m., state Attorney General John O'Connor said in a statement. In October 2021 the state resumed executions by lethal injection, after a lengthy hiatus following a botched execution in 2014.2 Oklahoma inmates ask federal judge for firing squad option in executionsGrant and another death row inmate, Gilbert Postelle, had asked a federal judge to intervene and allow their executions by firing squad rather than lethal injection. The judge denied the preliminary injunction.Grant's lawyers appealed to the US Supreme Court for a stay, but Justice Brett Kavanaugh denied the application.Read MoreGrant was sentenced to death for the 2001 murders of Brenda McElyea and Felecia Suzette Smith, according to court documents filed to the Supreme Court by the Oklahoma attorney general. "Justice is now served for Brenda McElyea, Felecia Suzette Smith, and the people of Oklahoma," the attorney general said in a statement. Postelle...
    OKLAHOMA death row inmates Donald Grant and Gilbert Postelle have requested for execution by firing squad instead of the state's three-drug lethal injection. Death row inmates, Donald Grant and Gilbert Postelle, want U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot to grant them a temporary injunction to delay their upcoming executions. 4Gilbert Postelle is set for execution on February 17, 2022Credit: AP 4Donald Grant is scheduled to be put to death on January 27, 2022Credit: AP Grant, who is set to be put to death on January 27, and Postelle, who is set to be executed on February 17, are hoping their executions get delayed so that a trial will be held over whether Oklahoma's three-drug lethal injection is constitutional.  “There’s a lot for me to get my mind around,” Friot said on the wait. After a daylong hearing on Monday, Oklahoma City and attorney Jim Stronski stated his intentions to release an order by the end of the week. “While it may be gruesome to look at, we all agree it will be quicker,” he told the court. Mississippi, South Carolina, and...
    An Oklahoma death row inmate who was convicted of the 1985 murder of a school teacher and the attempted murder of her boyfriend was executed Thursday morning despite pleas for his clemency over concerns regarding the state's last two botched executions.  Bigler Stouffer, 79, became the oldest person executed in US history after he was given a lethal injection around 10 am Thursday at the State Penitentiary in McAlester and was pronounced dead at 10:16 am, according to KOCO 5 News.  Stouffer was seen laughing and joking with his spiritual advisor before uttering his final words: 'My request is that my Father forgive them.' Stouffer was convicted for murdering Putnam City teacher Linda Reaves and trying to kill her boyfriend Doug Ivens 36-years-ago. He did not suffer any complications such as vomiting or convulsions, according to Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Scott Crow, Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor and media witnesses. 'The state's execution of Bigler Stouffer was carried out with zero complications at 10:16 this morning,' O'Connor said in a news release.  'Justice is now served for Linda Reaves, Doug...
    A MAN who killed a school teacher was executed on Thursday morning. Bigler Stouffer II, 79, received a lethal injection at 10am at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. 3Bigler Stouffer II, 79, received a lethal injection at 10amCredit: AP:Associated Press 3The injection was issued in OklahomaCredit: AP:Associated Press Stouffer was the first person to be executed in Oklahoma since John Grant convulsed on the gurney and vomited during his lethal injection in October as the state ended a six-year execution moratorium brought on by concerns over its protocols. Stouffer has maintained his innocence in the attack that left Linda Reaves dead and her boyfriend, Doug Ivens, seriously injured. He and his attorneys argued in court filings that the state’s three-drug execution method poses a risk of unconstitutional pain and suffering and that Stouffer should be included among other death row plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging the protocols. But his request for a stay of execution was denied by a federal district judge and the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Most read...
    The state of Arizona is stockpiling lethal gasses ahead of its planned resumption of executions - including the Zyklon B gas used by Nazis to kill nearly 1 million Jewish people at Auschwitz. Arizona's Department of Corrections has spent more than $2,000 on the ingredients for hydrogen cyanide, a deadly gas favored by the Nazis during the Holocaust, according to documents obtained by The Guardian.  According to The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, 1.1 million people died at the concentration camp during World War II, including 960,000 Jews. Arizona suspended executions in 2014 after it 'bollocks-upped' the execution of Joseph Wood, who took nearly two hours to die after an error with his dose of lethal injection.  The last person to be executed in Arizona by gas was German national Walter LaGrand in 1999.  LaGrand died an 'agonizing choking and gagging' death which lasted 18 minutes from the moment the gas entered the chamber, according to an eyewitness account published in the Tucson Citizen.   In recent years, the state has aggressively sought new methods to execute its 115 death row inmates, including the use...
    (CNN)A Nevada death row inmate is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the beginning of June, but he's fighting his sentence, and in a recent court filing, he said he'd prefer to die by firing squad rather than a deadly drug cocktail. In a document filed this month, attorneys for Zane Floyd, sentenced to death for a 1999 Las Vegas shooting that killed four people, said a firing squad would be preferable since a lethal injection could cause Floyd "unconstitutional pain and suffering." But Nevada no longer uses firing squads for executions.According to the filing obtained by CNN, the state would execute Floyd using a three-drug cocktail that includes midazolam, a drug used to induce drowsiness and reduce anxiety; fentanyl, an opioid rarely used in lethal injections; and cisatracurium, a paralytic.Attorneys for Floyd claim the protocol "presents a wholly unnecessary, substantial risk of serious harm" when used in a lethal injection. Read MoreWhy Virginias abolition of the death penalty is a big deal for the state and the USBecause the combination of drugs is "novel" and could cause Floyd...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina prison officials say they have to delay an execution scheduled for Friday because they won't be able to obtain the necessary lethal injection drugs. An attorney for the state Department of Corrections wrote in a letter to the South Carolina Supreme Court last week that the agency cannot carry out the execution of Richard Bernard Moore due to the lack of drugs, which it has not had stocked since 2013. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter. The court scheduled Moore's execution after he exhausted his federal appeals this month. Moore, 55, has spent nearly two decades on death row following his conviction for the 1999 killing of a convenience store clerk in Spartanburg County. He would be the first person executed in South Carolina in nearly a decade. The state's usual injection protocol calls for three drugs: pentobarbital, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride. But the corrections agency has said it has not had the drugs in stock since 2013, when its last supplies expired. The agency has previously said it reserves the...
    By MICHELLE LIU, Associated Press/Report for America COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina prison officials say they have to delay an execution scheduled for Friday because they won't be able to obtain the necessary lethal injection drugs. An attorney for the state Department of Corrections wrote in a letter to the South Carolina Supreme Court last week that the agency cannot carry out the execution of Richard Bernard Moore due to the lack of drugs, which it has not had stocked since 2013. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter. The court scheduled Moore's execution after he exhausted his federal appeals this month. Moore, 55, has spent nearly two decades on death row following his conviction for the 1999 killing of a convenience store clerk in Spartanburg County. He would be the first person executed in South Carolina in nearly a decade. The state’s usual injection protocol calls for three drugs: pentobarbital, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride. But the corrections agency has said it has not had the drugs in stock since 2013, when its last supplies expired....
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina prison officials say they have to delay an execution scheduled for Friday because they won’t be able to obtain the necessary lethal injection drugs. An attorney for the state Department of Corrections wrote in a letter to the South Carolina Supreme Court last week that the agency cannot carry out the execution of Richard Bernard Moore due to the lack of drugs, which it has not had stocked since 2013. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter. The court scheduled Moore’s execution after he exhausted his federal appeals this month. Moore, 55, has spent nearly two decades on death row following his conviction for the 1999 killing of a convenience store clerk in Spartanburg County. He would be the first person executed in South Carolina in nearly a decade. The state’s usual injection protocol calls for three drugs: pentobarbital, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride. But the corrections agency has said it has not had the drugs in stock since 2013, when its last supplies expired. The agency has previously said it reserves...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina prison officials say they have to delay an execution scheduled for Friday because they won't be able to obtain the necessary lethal injection drugs. An attorney for the state Department of Corrections wrote in a letter to the South Carolina Supreme Court last week that the agency cannot carry out the execution of Richard Bernard Moore due to the lack of drugs, which it has not had stocked since 2013. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter. The court scheduled Moore's execution after he exhausted his federal appeals this month. Moore, 55, has spent nearly two decades on death row following his conviction for the 1999 killing of a convenience store clerk in Spartanburg County. He would be the first person executed in South Carolina in nearly a decade. The state’s usual injection protocol calls for three drugs: pentobarbital, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride. But the corrections agency has said it has not had the drugs in stock since 2013, when its last supplies expired. The agency has previously said it...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina prison officials say they have to delay an execution scheduled for Friday because they won’t be able to obtain the necessary lethal injection drugs. An attorney for the state Department of Corrections wrote in a letter to the South Carolina Supreme Court last week that the agency cannot carry out the execution of Richard Bernard Moore due to the lack of drugs, which it has not had stocked since 2013. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter. The court scheduled Moore’s execution after he exhausted his federal appeals this month. Moore, 55, has spent nearly two decades on death row following his conviction for the 1999 killing of a convenience store clerk in Spartanburg County. He would be the first person executed in South Carolina in nearly a decade. The state’s usual injection protocol calls for three drugs: pentobarbital, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride. But the corrections agency has said it has not had the drugs in stock since 2013, when its last supplies expired. The agency has previously said...
    (CNN) — The Justice Department has rushed to change the rules around federal death penalties as they expedite a slew of scheduled executions in the final days of the Trump administration, including expanding possible execution methods to include electrocution and death by firing squad. The approved amendment to the “Manner of Federal Executions” rule gives federal prosecutors a wider variety of options for execution in order to avoid delays if the state in which the inmate was sentenced doesn’t provide other alternatives. The rule was included among three dozen policy changes President Donald Trump is attempting to push through before the end of his term. The proposed changes were first reported by ProPublica. Attorney General William Barr and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs pushed the rule forward. Once the approved amendment is published in the Federal Register — which could come as early as Friday, according to a Justice Department official — it will become effective in 30 days. It ultimately may be moot. President-elect Joe Biden campaigned to abolish the federal death penalty, and four of the...
    A new Department of Justice (DOJ) rule could allow some federal death sentences to be carried out by states using other methods besides lethal injection, including the use of poison gas, electrocution, and firing squads. The amended rule in the Federal Register was published Friday. It would allow the U.S. government to conduct executions by lethal injection or use "any other manner prescribed by the law of the state in which the sentence was imposed." An official with the DOJ told the Associated Press said the change was made to enforce the Federal Death Penalty Act (FDPA) measures, which requires sentences to be implemented "in the manner prescribed by the law of the state in which the sentence is imposed.″ Speaking with the AP under the condition of anonymity to discuss internal department protocols, the official said two executions scheduled for December would be done via lethal injection. The official did not comment on the methods used for the three other planned executions slated for January, before President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral...
    CHILD murderer and rapist Keith Dwayne Nelson, 45, has been executed. Nelson was put to death at Terre Haute federal prison, Indiana, at 4.32pm Saturday for the October 12 1999 rape and murder of 10-year-old Pamela Butler in Kansas. 8Nelson was executed Friday for the rape and murder of 10-year-old Pamela ButlerCredit: AFP 8Pamela was kidnapped, raped and murdered as she rollerbladed home with her sister Pamela was rollerblading in front of her home after buying cookies in Kansas City when Nelson said he snatched her. He raped and strangled her with a wire then buried her in a forest behind a Missouri church. As he drove off, he made a rude gesture to Butler’s sister, who saw the attack and screamed. According to WTHI-TV10, Nelson, who didn’t previously know Butler or her family, told a co-worker a month earlier he had seen a girl he planned to kidnap, torture, rape and kill because he expected to go back to prison anyway on other charges, prosecutors said. He was sentenced to death in March 2002. A DOJ statement published this...
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    The U.S. carried out its second federal execution this week by killing Wesley Ira Purkey on Thursday by lethal injection. Purkey, who was convicted of kidnapping and killing a 16-year-old girl before dismembering, burning and dumping her body in a septic pond, was put to death at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, at 8:19 a.m. local time. He also was convicted in a state court in Kansas after using a claw hammer to kill an 80-year-old woman who had polio. But Purkey’s lawyers contended he had dementia and was unfit to be executed. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — US carries out its 2nd execution this week, killing by lethal injection a man whose lawyers argued he had dementia. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The United States carried out its first federal execution in nearly 20 years on Tuesday, putting to death Daniel Lewis Lee, who was convicted of murdering an Arkansas family in 1996, the Associated Press reported. Prior to Tuesday’s execution, the last federal execution in the U.S. had taken place in 2003, when Louis Jones, Jr. was put to death for the 1995 rape and murder of Pvt. Tracie McBride. Lee’s scheduled execution had been the subject of a series of legal maneuvers between the victim’s family and the Justice Department. A group of relatives of Lee’s victims had sued to stop the execution, citing concerns about attending the process during the coronavirus pandemic. Relative Monica Veillette said that she wanted to be there in order to make it clear that the family didn’t want the execution carried out in their name, preferring instead that Lee do life in prison. “For us it is a matter of being there and saying, ‘this is not being done in our name; we do not want this,'” she said.   Scott Olson /...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court turned away a major challenge to the federal government's lethal injection protocol on Monday, a win for the Trump administration that has set execution dates to begin mid-July after a nearly two-decade lapse.In 2019 Attorney General William Barr's moved to reinstate the federal death penalty, underscoring the stark law-and-order philosophy of the Trump administration. At the time, he directed the head of the Bureau of Prisons to execute five inmates he said represented the "worst criminals."The Bureau of Prisons adopted a new lethal injection protocol consisting of a single drug, pentobarbital.The federal inmates involved in the appeal were Daniel Lewis Lee, who killed a family of three, including an 8-year-old girl; Wesley Ira Purkey, who raped and murdered a 16-year-old girl; Alfred Bourgeois, who tortured and killed his own 2-year-old daughter; and Dustin Lee Honken, who shot and killed five people, including two young girls.Although the order was unsigned, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have heard the challenge.Read More"The prisoners in these cases have other challenges that have not been fully decided...
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