AL: Regime postpones killing prisoner

Source: Montgomery Advertiser

“Alabama abandoned its attempt to execute Kenneth Eugene Smith at 11:20 p.m. Thursday, citing legal maneuverings that created a late start and difficulties finding a vein for the lethal injection, the same reasons it gave for its failed execution of Alan Eugene Miller just two months before. Smith, 57, was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Thursday at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, for the contract killing of Elizabeth Dorlene Sennett. But a series of court decisions — ending with the U.S. Supreme Court vacating a stay in the case at 10:22 p.m. — left the state with just about 90 minutes to carry out Smith’s death sentence. The corrections department’s execution team attempted to prepare Smith for lethal injection for ‘about an hour,’ during which they punctured ‘several’ locations on his body with needles.” (11/18/22)