Alan Eugene Miller is scheduled to be executed tonight after the US Supreme Court allowed execution by lethal injection tonight, September 22, 2022. The decision came less than three hours before a midnight deadline. Miller had asked to be executed by nitrogen hypoxia, which local news outlets said the state would not allow.
You can see the Supreme Court ruling here. The execution is continuing, according to WTRF, because the U.S. Supreme Court has not provided written reasons for opposing the execution.
Miller was sentenced to death for the 1999 murders of Christopher Yancy, Lee Holdbrooks and Terry Jarvis, according to WTRF. According to WTRF, the US Supreme Court issued the decision not to allow the execution until about three hours before the midnight deadline.
The dramatic turn of events began 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 had not been tried, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. A lower court ruled that the state could execute Miller using only the method of execution it chose.
“At 9:20 p.m., prison officials said they had received the green light from the attorney general’s office to begin proceedings,” reported the Montgomery Advertiser. “Media, family members who were not at the scene, and attorneys were to be taken to the death chamber at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, to witness the execution.”
According to WTRF, he was on death row at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.
Here’s what you need to know:
Miller, 57, said he sought execution by nitrogen hypoxia in 2018 over fear of needles, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. He also has professional experience handling chemicals, he said, according to the newspaper. However, state officials said they had no record of Miller choosing to be executed by nitrogen hypoxia, the Montgomery Advertiser reported. He accused state officials of losing the paperwork he allegedly submitted through prison staff to support his choice of method of execution.
The issue became a legal debate after the state said it would not execute Miller with nitrogen hypoxia.
“Miller’s execution by lethal injection was blocked by a federal court injunction earlier this week, but state attorneys successfully appealed the case to the US Supreme Court, which failed to provide written reasons for its decision to allow the execution. ‘ WTRF reports.
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