Execution Stay for Cancer-Hit Alabama Inmate with Damaged Veins

February 23, 2018

(BBC) – The US Supreme Court has reportedly granted a temporary stay of execution to a cancer-stricken death row inmate in the state of Alabama. Doyle Lee Hamm, 61, argued his veins were too damaged from cancer and past drug use, and said the lethal injection would be unconstitutionally painful. He was convicted of fatally shooting motel clerk Patrick Cunningham in 1987 in a robbery where $410 was taken. Capital punishment in the US was reinstated in 1976.

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