According to court records, the “sole live execution survivor” recounted his botched lethal injection experience as “physical and mental anguish.”


Currently, the only survivor of the contentious lethal injection procedure is an Alabama death row inmate. His ordeal was horrific, according to Alan Eugene Miller and his counsel. He claimed to have been repeatedly stabbed with a needle and to have ended up dangling vertically from a trolley. Join our weekday newsletter list to receive original analysis, news, and trends in your inbox. Thank you for registering! Alan Eugene Miller, an Alabama death row inmate who is currently the “sole live execution survivor,” revealed the terrifying lethal injection procedure that was meant to end his life.

Miller’s attorneys claimed in court documents that the defendants “relentlessly seek to execute Mr. Miller again, presumably by lethal injection,” referring to him as the “only living execution survivor” despite the fact that this failed execution, the physical and mental torture it caused Mr. Miller, and the fact that the defendants have now botched three lethal injection executions in just four years.

Miller was due to be executed on September 22 after being found guilty of killing three people in 1999, but the Alabama Department of Corrections had been met with several challenges .

Miller’s counsel argued that he chose to die by nitrogen hypoxia, an execution technique that involves suffocating by forcing a person to breathe pure nitrogen instead of oxygen, and a federal judge decided to block Miller’s execution.

However, the US Supreme Court decided that his execution may go on by 9:15 p.m.

Miller was left hanging off the upright gurney with his hands and one foot bleeding from unsuccessful IV attempts when the execution was stopped at midnight, according to The Atlantic reported . Administrators had attempted to inject according to NBC News with medicines for nearly an hour without success, and during that time he had been repeatedly stabbed in the arms, hands, legs, and feet.

The Associated Press said that Miller had attempted to seek nitrogen hypoxia as his manner of death because he detests needles and people frequently have trouble finding his veins.

“Mr. Miller felt nauseated, bewildered, confused, and scared about whether he was about to be killed,” according to a motion filed by his attorneys. “Mr. Miller was greatly upset by his view of state personnel silently staring at him as he was dangling vertically from the gurney,” they added. “Some of Mr. Miller’s wounds were dripping with blood.”

The state is still trying to decide when to execute Miller.
Insider’s request for response was not immediately answered by Miller’s lawyers.
Since its introduction in the US in the 1970s, the contentious lethal injection protocol has a history of being the cause of botched executions.

Alabama halted the execution of Doyle Lee Hamm in 2018 after failing to locate a vein. The authorities also mishandled the execution of Joe Nathan James Jr more recently.