The execution of Alan Eugene Miller was halted by Alabama hours after a division in the U.S. Supreme Court. This was due to issues with his veins as well as time restraints.
According to Fox 6 Birmingham, John Hamm (ADOC Commissioner) stated that there had been issues with Miller’s veins. The lethal injection protocol could not be completed before Thursday’s death warrant ran out at 11:59 PM.
Miller appears to be alive, and is now back at Holman Correctional Facility. Hamm said that an ambulance had left Holman Correctional Facility, although it wasn’t related to the execution.
Gov. Kay Ivey made a statement Friday morning after ADOC reported that executions had been postponed. According to Ivey, her office believes that the execution would be rescheduled as soon as possible.
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“In Alabama, we are committed to law and order and upholding justice. Despite the circumstances that led to the cancelation of this execution, nothing will change the fact that a jury heard the evidence of this case and made a decision,”Ivey spoke. “It does not change the fact that Mr. Miller never disputed his crimes. And it does not change the fact that three families still grieve. We all know full well that Michael Holdbrooks, Terry Lee Jarvis and Christopher Scott Yancey did not choose to die by bullets to the chest.”
Elle added: “Tonight, my prayers are with the victims’ families and loved ones as they are forced to continue reliving the pain of their loss.”
After lower court rulings against execution, the Supreme Court approved execution by lethal injection in a 5-4 vote Thursday night. Miller’s attorneys claimed that Miller lost the paperwork to request an alternate execution method.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall claimed there was no evidence that supports this claim. He asked the federal appeals court to lift an injunction that had been blocking execution.
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Miller was sentenced on death row following conviction by a jury of capital murder for the deaths Lee Holdbrooks and Christopher Scott Yancy, as well as Terry Jarvis, on August 5, 1999, in Shelby County (a suburb of Birmingham).
Miller, who was working as a truck driver, reportedly shot and murdered Holdbrooks at Ferguson Enterprises near Pelham. Then, he drove a few blocks to Post Airgas where he killed Jarvis. According to the Alabama News Network.
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Miller was also shot several times.
The trial evidence showed that Miller shot the men because he thought they were spreading gossip about him. A defense psychiatrist hired found that Miller suffered from delusions and severe mental illness, but said his condition wasn’t bad enough to use as a basis for an insanity defense under state law, according to court documents.
Miller would be the third state execution after Matthew Reeves and Joe Nathan James Jr.
This was a report by the Associated Press.
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