Alan Miller’s Execution Delayed Minutes Before Deadline

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Alabama Department of Corrections

Alan Eugene Miller.

Alan Eugene Miller was set to be executed tonight after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed execution by lethal injection to proceed September 22, 2022. The decision came less than three hours before a midnight deadline, but just a few minutes before midnight, the execution was delayed again, according to local news reports. Miller had asked to be executed by nitrogen hypoxia, a request the state would not accommodate, according to local news outlets.

The delay occurred because of “issues accessing Miller’s veins,” CBS 42 reporter Lee Hedgepeth wrote on Twitter from a press conference. Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner John Hamm addressed the media briefly outside the prison at about 12:30 a.m. An ambulance was also seen leaving the prison, reporters wrote on Twitter from the scene.

“Miller is alive, back in his cell. The state had issues establishing IV access with Miller, per ADOC commissioner,” Montgomery Advertiser reporter Evan Mealins wrote on Twitter.

You can see the U.S. Supreme Court decision here. The execution was scheduled to proceed because the nation’s highest court provided no written reasons to disallow 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 final hours leading up to the delay here.

The dramatic turn of events started with Miller’s request to be executed by nitrogen hypoxia. The Alabama Department of Corrections said a week before the scheduled execution date that it would not use the method because it was untried, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. A lower court ruled the state