Thursday, March 1, 2018

Alabama man survives execution

A death row inmate who survived a "botched injection" in Alabama has revealed the injuries he suffered as jail staff tried to administer the lethal injection, reported the Daily Mirror.
Convicted murderer Doyle Lee Hamm, 61, was left marked up as executioners repeatedly stabbed a needle into his groin, ankles and lower legs for two-and-a-half hours.
They eventually gave up at 11:30 pm when medics said they could not meet a midnight execution deadline set by the Supreme Court in Alabama.
Hamm's lawyer says the experience amounted to "torture" and caused "great pain".
The inmate, who has lymphatic cancer, was left "bruised, punctured and limping" with a suspected perforated bladder that caused him to urinate blood afterwards, according to his defence team.
Hamm was due to be executed on February 22, 2018 for the murder of motel clerk Patrick Cunningham in 1987.
But at 11:30 pm that day it was called off because medical staff did not think they could "obtain the appropriate venous access" before a midnight deadline.
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