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Alabama will suspend the execution of the inmate with damaged veins

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama stopped the execution of an inmate who claimed that his veins were too badly damaged for lethal injection, because the medical staff didn’t think they could connect the intravenous line by the time of the death warrant expired at midnight.

Alabama Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said the jail stopped Doyle Lee Hamm implementation around 11:30 p.m. Thursday “out of an abundance of caution” after the medical staff said they did not think that they can get a “venous access” for midnight.

Bernard Harcourt, a law school professor representing Hamm, said that the state should “ashamed.”

Hamm was sentenced to die after being convicted for murder in the 1987 killing of a motel clerk.

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