Alabama fails to complete lethal injection for 3rd time

Alabama fails to complete lethal injection for 3rd time

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.

An executive from the Death Penalty Information Center, an anti-death penalty group with a large database of executions, said no state other than Alabama had to halt an execution in progress since 2017, when Ohio halted Alva Campbell’s lethal injection because workers couldn’t find a vein.

According to Ngozi Ndulue, deputy director of the Washington-based group, the only other lethal injection stopped before an inmate died also took place in Ohio, in 2009.

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