An Alabama man convicted of murdering three people in a 1999 workplace shooting was spared the death penalty at 11 a.m. Thursday because his executioner couldn’t find a vein for the lethal injection.
Alan Miller’s execution was called off around 11:30 p.m. when prison officials decided the vein problem would prevent them from meeting the midnight deadline, Alabama Correctional Commissioner John Hamm said.
Miller’s execution was cleared by a last-minute decision by the US Supreme Court.
“Due to time constraints resulting from the delay in the trial, the execution was called off after it was determined that the sentenced inmate’s veins were inaccessible according to our protocol prior to the expiration of the death sentence,” the corrections commissioner said.
Miller was returned to his cell after the failed execution.
The convicted killer shot and killed three people – Terry Jarvis, Lee Holdbrooks and Scott Yancy – in two separate shootings in August 1999.
At Miller’s trial, his defense attorneys focused on saving his life by portraying him as mentally incompetent and delusional, AL.com reported. The jury deliberated less than 30 minutes before convicting him of the murders and recommending that the judge hand down the death sentence, the news agency reported.
After the failed execution, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said her prayers are with the families of Miller’s three victims.
“Despite the circumstances that led to the annulment of this execution, nothing will change the fact that a jury heard the evidence in this case and made a decision,” Ivey said in a statement.
“We all know for a fact that Michael Holdbrooks, Terry Lee Jarvis and Christopher Scott Yancey didn’t choose to die by bullets in the chest. Tonight my prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims as they are forced to relive the pain of their loss,” Ivey said.
A federal judge on Friday ordered Alabama to keep evidence related to the execution — and allow Miller’s attorneys access to it, AL.com reported.
The state “must make expeditious efforts to locate and preserve evidence of the attempted execution, including but not limited to notes, emails, texts and used medical supplies such as syringes, swabs, scalpels and IV lines,” Judge Austin wrote Huffaker in order.
With post wires
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