Alabama execution called off as death warrant expires after ‘issues accessing veins’

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Hours after approval from a divided U.S. Supreme Court, the state of Alabama called off the execution of Alan Eugene Miller citing issues accessing his veins and time restraints.

Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) Commissioner John Hamm said there were issues accessing Miller’s veins and the lethal injection protocol was not going to complete before the death warrant expired at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, according to Fox 6 in Birmingham. 

Miller is reportedly alive and back in his cell at Holman Correctional Facility. Hamm also told media that an ambulance did leave the prison, but it was unrelated to the execution, the outlet reported.

Alan Miller is on death row in Alabama.
(Alabama Department of Corrections)

Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement early Friday morning shortly after ADOC announced the execution had been called off. Ivey’s office said she anticipates the execution will be reset at the earliest opportunity.


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