Alabama Department of Corrections Alan Eugene Miller.
Alan Eugene Miller’s execution was scheduled for tonight after the US Supreme Court allowed the execution by lethal injection to proceed on September 22, 2022. The decision was made less than three hours before midnight, but just a few minutes before midnight, the execution was delayed. again, according to local news reports. Miller had asked to be executed for nitrogen hypoxia, a request the state would not honor, according to local media.
The delay came due to “issues accessing Miller’s veins,” CBS 42 reporter Lee Hedgepeth wrote on Twitter during a news conference. Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner John Hamm briefly addressed the media outside the prison around 12:30 a.m. An ambulance was also seen leaving the prison, reporters from the scene wrote on Twitter.
Miller is alive, back in his cell. The state had trouble establishing IV access with Miller, according to the ADOC commissioner,” Montgomery Advertiser reporter Evan Mealins wrote on Twitter.
You can view the US Supreme Court decision here. The execution was scheduled to proceed because the nation’s highest court failed to provide written reasons to reject the execution, according to WTRF.
Miller was sentenced to death for the 1999 murders of Christopher Yancy, Lee Holdbrooks and Terry Jarvis, according to WTRF. Read about Miller’s last meal and the final hours leading up to the delay here.
The dramatic turn of events began with Miller’s request to be executed for nitrogen hypoxia. The Alabama Department of Corrections said a week before the scheduled execution date that it would not use the method because it had not been tested, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. A lower court ruled that the state could only execute Miller using his chosen method of execution.
“At 9:20 pm, prison officials said the state Attorney General’s Office had given them the go-ahead to begin proceedings,” reported the Montgomery Advertiser. “The media, off-site family members and attorneys were expected to be brought to the execution chamber at the Holman Correctional Center in Atmore, Alabama to witness the execution.”
He has been on death row at the Holman Correctional Center in Atmore, Alabama, according to WTRF.
This is what you need to know:
Miller’s execution was the subject of debate that continued until midnight
BREAKING: A divided US Supreme Court says Alabama can proceed with the execution of an inmate convicted in a 1999 workplace shooting. Justices in a 5-4 decision struck down an injunction that had prevented Alan Miller’s death warrant. https://t.co/i4cYHfEy2H
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 23, 2022
Miller, 57, says he asked to be executed for nitrogen hypoxia in 2018 for fear of needles, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. He had work experience working with chemicals, he said, according to the newspaper. However, state officials said they had no history of Miller causing the election to be executed due to nitrogen hypoxia, the Montgomery Advertiser reported. He accused state officials of losing documentation that he said he submitted through prison staff, according to the newspaper.
The issue became the subject of legal debate after the state said it would not execute Miller with nitrogen hypoxia. Read more about the controversial execution method here.
“Miller’s execution by lethal injection had been blocked by a federal court order earlier this week, but attorneys for the state successfully appealed the case to the US Supreme Court, which did not provide reasons in writing. of his decision to allow the execution to proceed.” WTRF reported.
Miller has been incarcerated at Holman on death row for more than 22 years, according to his Alabama Department of Corrections inmate record. He is being held in custody, the DOC reported.
Here is his inmate record:
Miller was sent to Holman, the prison that houses the state’s death row, in 2000. He was sent from Shelby County, according to his inmate record.
‘What is the emergency? Mr. Miller is not going anywhere,’ his lawyers argued as the deadline approached.
Miller’s attorneys filed a response to the state’s appeal to the US Supreme Court just four hours before Miller’s death sentence was due to expire, according to WTRF. Her attorneys argued that the US Supreme Court should not overturn the lower court’s ruling. His lawyers argued that there should be no rush to execute Miller, according to WTRF.
“What is the emergency? The state of Alabama wants to proceed… tonight,” his attorney wrote, according to WTRF. “Mister. Miller isn’t going anywhere, and neither is the Alabama Department of Corrections.”
Just before 9:30 p.m., the state attorney general’s office told the Alabama Department of Corrections that it could proceed with the execution, according to WTRF.
“It’s an opportunity,” a spokesperson told the news outlet.
In the minutes before midnight, the witnesses were transported to the prison for execution. But reporters who were on the witness list said there was another delay.
“NEW: We are back in the [van.] They never let us into the prison,” Montgomery Advertiser reporter Evan Mealins wrote on Twitter at 11:46 p.m. “The state may have dropped the execution, but we are awaiting confirmation.”
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