Sep 13, 2022
Convicted killer seeking less invasive execution Transcript
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Jon Paepcke: (00:00)
For the first time ever, Alan Eugene Miller testified in his 1999 triple murder case. Just 10 days before he’s scheduled to die, he asked a federal judge to halt his execution. Miller was convicted of gunning down Lee Holdbrooks, Christopher Yancy, and Terry Jarvis in their Shelby County workplaces. He has sat on death row for two decades since. In 2018, the state passed a law allowing inmates to elect to die from either lethal injection or nitrogen hypoxia gas. Miller claims he chose the gas method by the June 30th 2018 deadline, but the Alabama Department of Corrections says they never received the proper form.
Jon Paepcke: (00:35)
So three weeks ago, Miller sued the state in federal court where both sides ended up for an evidentiary hearing today. At one point, Miller was asked what he thought about lethal injection. Miller replied, “I really did not want to be executed at all, but did not want to be stabbed by needles.” And when asked about nitrogen hypoxia, Miller said, “Like a dentist where they put you to sleep and they add something to put you out.” When a judge asked if the Department of Corrections could be ready to execute Miller by nitrogen hypoxia by next Thursday, a lawyer for the Attorney General’s office says it was very, very likely. In Montgomery, John Paepcke, WVTM 13.