Alabama Execution Called Off Because Officials Couldn’t Insert Needle
For the second time in three months, Alabama officials halted an execution because corrections officials couldn’t find a vein into which they could inject the lethal drugs.
The prisoner, Kenneth Eugene Smith, 57, was scheduled to be executed Thursday night after his appeals to the Supreme Court were rejected. As the Associated Press notes, part of Smith’s appeals involved Alabama’s recent problems actually executing prisoners with intravenous drugs. In September, the execution of Alan Miller, also 57, was halted for the same reason—the Alabama Department of Corrections’ execution team was not able to secure IV access in time by the midnight deadline.
Those two incidents come on the heels of the troubling execution of Joe Nathan James in July, where it appeared that officials had similar troubles finding veins. Emma Camp took note of the private autopsy performed on James, which appeared to show bruises all over his wrists and knuckles and even a deep cut, possibly from officials struggling to find a usable vein.
At the time, Alabama officials insisted “nothing out of the ordinary” had happened during James’ execution. But since then, after Miller’s execution stalled, a federal judge ordered
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