AL: Regime pauses planned prisoner killings after third failed killing attempt

Source: NBC News

“Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey sought a pause in executions and ordered a ‘top-to-bottom’ review of the state’s capital punishment system Monday after an unprecedented third failed lethal injection. Ivey’s office issued a statement saying she had both asked Attorney General Steve Marshall to withdraw motions seeking execution dates for two inmates and requested that the Department of Corrections undertake a full review of the state’s execution process. Ivey also requested that Marshall not seek additional execution dates for any other death row inmates until the review is complete. The move followed the uncompleted execution Thursday of Kenneth Eugene Smith, which was the state’s second such instance of being unable to put an inmate to death in the past two months and its third since 2018. The state completed an execution in July, but only after a three-hour delay caused at least partly by the same problem with starting an IV line.” (11/22/22)