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Death row inmate in 'great pain' after surviving his own execution
Death row inmate Doyle Lee Hamm survived his execution (Picture: Mississippi Department of Corrections )

A death row inmate who was repeatedly jabbed in the legs by a lethal injection needle survived his execution.

Doyle Lee Hamm was meant to be killed in an Alabama jail on Thursday night but his lawyer said he is still alive despite being jabbed in the lower legs, ankles and groin.

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Lawyer Bernard Harcourt wants to know what happened during the attempted execution of his 61-year-old client.

He said: ‘He’s in great pain from yesterday evening, physically, from all of the attempts to access his veins in his lower extremities and in his groin.’

US District Judge Karon Bowdre on Friday ordered a medical examination of Hamm and directed the state to maintain material related to the attempt.

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Hamm, who has battled lymphoma, was to be executed for the 1987 killing of motel clerk Patrick Cunningham.

However, prison officials announced at around 11.30pm on Thursday that they were halting the execution because medical staff did not think they could obtain ‘the appropriate venous access’ before a midnight deadline.

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The announcement came about two-and-a-half hours after the US Supreme Court cleared the execution to proceed.

The state prison commissioner Jeff Dunn said: ‘I wouldn’t necessarily characterise what we had tonight as a problem. The only indication I have is that in their medical judgment it was more of a time issue given the late hour.’

Mr Harcourt said he had argued in court filings since July that lethal injection would be difficult and painful because Hamm’s veins have been severely compromised by lymphoma, hepatitis and prior drug use.

This image provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Doyle Lee Hamm, an inmate scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 in Alabama. Alabama is set to execute Hamm, who argues his past drug use and cancer have too badly damaged his veins and will make the lethal injection unconstitutionally painful. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)
Death row prisoner Doyle Lee Hamm (Picture: Alabama Department of Corrections)

Two execution team members, working on each side of Hamm’s body, tried multiple times to insert the intravenous line on his left and right legs and ankles, and later turned him over and slapped the back of his legs to try to get a vein, Mr Harcourt said.

They then tried unsuccessfully to connect the line through his groin, he said.

Hamm was convicted in the 1987 killing of motel clerk Patrick Cunningham. Mr Cunningham was shot once in the head while working an overnight shift at a Cullman motel.

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