Authorities in Alabama on Thursday suspended the administration of a lethal injection to a man convicted of a 1999 workplace shooting, citing time constraints and difficulties accessing the inmate’s veins.
Officials halted the execution after determining “[Arthur Miller’s]veins could not be accessed according to protocol” before midnight, the deadline to start the process, said state corrections chief John Hamm. . Miller was returned to his cell in a south Alabama jail, he added.
The suspension of the execution came three hours after a divided Supreme Court authorized the start of the procedure. The decision, taken by five votes in favor and four against, annulled the precautionary suspension granted after Miller’s lawyers affirmed that the state had lost the inmate’s request to be executed by nitrogen hypoxia, a legally available method but that it had never been used before in the United States.
With nitrogen hypoxia, death occurs by forcing the person to breathe only nitrogen, depriving them of the oxygen needed to maintain bodily functions.
Miller, 57, was sentenced to death for the murder of three co-workers in 1999.
Source: El Nuevo Herald