Alabama authorities have called off the execution of Alan Miller, convicted of killing three people in a 1999 workplace shooting, by lethal injection due to problems accessing his veins and time constraints.
John Hamm, the Alabama Corrections Commissioner, said they had to stop Alan Miller’s scheduled execution after they failed to get lethal injection going before midnight. He attributed this to time constraints resulting from the delay in court proceedings.
Hamm said the execution was stayed once it was determined that the sentenced inmate’s veins could not be accessed according to his protocol before the expiration of the death sentence. He added that the execution team tried to establish intravenous access but failed. “Accessing the veins was taking a little longer than we expected.” Hamm stressed that there are a number of procedures that must be performed before the team begins trying to connect the IV.
This doesn’t change anything
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, in an official statement, said that despite the cancellation of the execution, nothing will change the fact that a jury heard the evidence in this case and made a decision. She noted that three families are still grieving.
“We all know very well that Michael Holdbrooks, Terry Lee Jarvis and Christopher Scott Yancey did not choose to die from bullets to the chest. Tonight my prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims as they are forced to continue to live in pain. of his loss,” Ivey said.
Who is Alan Miller?
The 57-year-old received the death sentence after he was convicted of killing three people in a workplace rampage in 1999. Miller, a delivery truck driver, killed his co-workers Holdbrooks and Yancy in a business in suburban Birmingham. He then drove to shoot former supervisor Jarvis at a business where Miller had previously worked.
Prosecutors said he shot each man multiple times. Miller was captured after a highway chase. It was heard at trial that Miller believed the men were spreading rumors about his homosexuality. The defense hired a psychiatrist who found that Miller suffered from serious mental illness and delusions. However, it was established that his condition was not bad enough to be used as a basis for an insanity defense under state law.
Execution method: nitrogen hypoxia
Miller had requested that his execution be carried out using nitrogen hypoxia, a method legally available to him but never before used in the United States. When Alabama approved it as a method of execution in 2018, state law gave inmates the opportunity to designate it as their method of execution. Miller said he had turned in the paperwork four years ago selecting nitrogen hypoxia and put the documents in a slot in his cell door at Holman Correctional Center for a prison worker to pick up.
Nitrogen hypoxia is a proposed method of execution in which death is produced by forcing the inmate to breathe only nitrogen. This is authorized for executions in three states, but none have used this method.
On Tuesday, US District Judge R. Austin Huffaker Jr. issued a preliminary injunction preventing the state from killing Miller by any means other than nitrogen hypoxia after determining it was highly likely that the inmate would have submitted an election form on time even though the state says he has no physical record of a form.
Miller is alive and back in his cell at Holman Correctional Center.
Source : www.ibtimes.sg