Alan Miller had his last meal before knowing if he would be executed, local news outlets reported. The 57-year-old Alabama man was found guilty of the murders of three people in 1999 and his execution was the subject of a legal battle that lasted until shortly before his death sentence expired. Just minutes before his scheduled execution, his execution was delayed again, according to local news reports.
He was scheduled to be executed tonight, September 22, 2022, following a decision by the US Supreme Court just before midnight. Miller had asked to be executed by nitrogen hypoxia, which the state would not allow, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. Read more about the execution method and why it is controversial here.
Miller was found guilty of the murders of Christopher Yancy, Lee Holdbrooks and Terry Jarvis, according to WTRF.
Here’s what you need to know about Miller’s final hours:
Officials with the Alabama Department of Justice released information about Miller’s final hours to WTRF and other local news outlets. The news channel reported that it had 10 visitors, mostly family members, over the past 24 hours.
Miller requested two kinds of meat and two kinds of potatoes for his last meal, the Montgomery Advertiser reported. His last meal was meatloaf, chuckwagon steak, American cheese, french fries, applesauce, instant potatoes, macaroni, apples and an “orange drink,” the paper reported.
The document sent to the media included a note at the top that said, “The convicted inmate may have access to a television, a telephone, his/her mail, and a Bible or something similar,” according to the Montgomery Advertiser.
Yesterday, September 21, 2022, he had four visitors and a phone call with his attorney, according to WTRF. He had six visitors on the day his death sentence was due to expire, WTRF reported. The visitors included two brothers, his sister, uncle, sister-in-law and his lawyer, WTRF reported.
He is entitled to six witnesses for his execution, WTRF reported. One of the witnesses he listed is Elizabeth Bruenig, a reporter for The Atlantic who witnessed Joe Nathan James’ independent autopsy, the news agency reported. His execution in early 2022 “raised national criticism,” WTRF reported. James, who was also executed in Alabama, “suffered a long death” at his execution, she reported in her article published August 14, 2022.
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 filed through prison staff, the newspaper said.
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.
Miller’s attorneys filed a response to the state’s appeal in the US Supreme Court just four hours before Miller’s death sentence expired, according to WTRF. His attorneys argued that the US Supreme Court should not overturn the lower court’s decision. According to WTRF, his lawyers argued that there should be no rush to execute Miller.
“What is the emergency? The state of Alabama intends to … proceed tonight,” his attorney wrote, according to WTRF. “Mr. Miller isn’t going anywhere, and neither is the Alabama Department of Corrections.”
Just before 9:30 p.m., the attorney general’s office notified the Alabama Department of Justice that they could proceed with the execution, according to WTRF.
“It’s starting,” said a spokesman for the news agency.
But as the minutes ticked down to midnight, reporters who were on the list to witness the execution said there had been another delay.
“NEW: We’re back at the [van.] We were never allowed to go to jail,” said Montgomery ads reporter Evan Mealins wrote on Twitter at 11:46 p.m. “The state may have abandoned the execution, but we are awaiting confirmation.”
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