MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s troubled series of lethal injections, which escalated late Thursday as prison workers halted another execution due to a problem with IV lines, is unprecedented in the United States. nationwide, a group that tracks capital punishment said on Friday.
The unfinished execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith was the second example of the state’s failure to kill an inmate in the past two months and the third since 2018. The state completed an execution in July, but only after a three hour delay caused at least in part by the same problem with starting an IV line.
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