Crime Alabama halts execution of man who killed preacher's wife for bizarre reason
Alabama football vs. Auburn: Our score prediction, scouting report for Iron Bowl
Alabama football will face Auburn on Saturday in the Iron Bowl.Williams, who has been in the role the past three games after serving as Auburn's running backs coach, has given energy to a program that was otherwise somewhat lifeless as Bryan Harsin's tenure came to an end.
Alabama's execution of a man convicted in aof a preacher's wife was called off before the midnight deadline on Thursday because state officials couldn't find a suitable vein for lethal injection.
Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner John Hamm said staff at the prison tried for an hour to get the two required intravenous lines connected to Kenneth Eugene Smith.
One line was established, but attempts with a second line were unsuccessful after trying several locations on the 57-year-old's body. Officials then tried a central line, which involves a catheter placed into a large vein.
Bowl projections: Where Alabama football is expected to play after Iron Bowl win
Alabama football is most likely headed to a New Year's SIx bowl game, but which one is still unknown. More will be learned after Tuesday's CFP rankingsA team that has been in the SEC Championship Game more often than it hasn't during Nick Saban's time in Tuscaloosa has to watch this year. Georgia and LSU face each other Saturday after the Tigers won the SEC West a few weeks back.
"We were not able to have time to complete that, so we called off the execution," Hamm said.
Because the death warrant expired at midnight, the state must go back to court to seek a new execution date.
It is the second execution since September that the state has canceled due to difficulties with establishing an IV line ahead of a deadline.
Judge mulls arguments in Mississippi death penalty protocol
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge will decide whether to block Mississippi from using three drugs when it puts inmates to death, and his ruling could determine whether the state carries out its next execution in about two weeks. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate heard several hours of arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed in 2015 on behalf of some Mississippi death row inmates. Wingate noted that one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Thomas Edwin Loden Jr., is facing a Dec. 14 execution date, which was recently set by the Mississippi Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court had cleared the way from Smith's execution, lifting a stay issued by the 11th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals earlier in the evening.
The postponement came after Smith's final appeals focused on problems with intravenous lines at.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey blamed Smith’s last-minute appeals for the execution not going forward as scheduled.
"Kenneth Eugene Smith chose $1,000 over the life of Elizabeth Dorlene Sennett, and he was guilty, no question about it. Some three decades ago, a promise was made to Elizabeth’s family that justice would be served through a lawfully imposed death sentence," Ivey said. "Although that justice could not be carried out tonight because of last minute legal attempts to delay or cancel the execution, attempting it was the right thing to do."
The Supreme Court denied Smith's request to review the constitutionality of his death sentence after Alabama-based nonprofit the Equal Justice Initiative said he stands to become the first state prisoner sentenced by judicial override to be executed since the practice was abolished in 2017.
Alabama 'execution survivor' reaches settlement with state
MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) — Alabama won't seek another lethal injection date for an inmate whose September execution had been halted because of problems establishing an intravenous line, according to the terms of a settlement agreement approved on Monday. The state agreed to never use lethal injection again as an execution method to put Alan Eugene Miller to death. Any future effort to execute him will be done by nitrogen hypoxia, an execution method authorized in Alabama but that has never been used to carry out a death sentence in the US. There is currently no protocol in place for using nitrogen hypoxia. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge R. Austin Huffaker Jr.
In the hours before the execution was scheduled to be carried out, the prison system said Smith visited with his attorney and family members, ate cheese curls and drank water.
Prosecutors said the death row inmate was one of two men who were each paid $1,000 to kill Elizabeth Sennett on behalf of her husband, Charles Sennet Sr., who wanted to collect on insurance. Sennett was found dead in her Colbert County home on March 18, 1988, and the coroner testified that the 45-year-old had been stabbed eight times in the chest and once on each side of the neck.
Her husband killed himself when the murder investigation focused on him as a suspect.
John Forrest Parker, the other man convicted in the slaying, was executed in 2010.
According to appellate court documents, Smith told police that it was "agreed for John and I to do the murder" and that he took items from the house to make it look like a burglary.
Documents showed Smith’s defense at trial said he participated in the attack, but that he did not intend to kill Sennett.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Everyone Made The Same Joke About Alabama After Upset Win .
On Saturday, No. 8 Alabama came into Houston and handed the No. 1 Cougars their first loss of the 2022-23 season. After this 71-65 upset win, everyone took to social media with the same joke. The sports world is ready to dub the University of Alabama as a "basketball school." "PSA: alabama is a After this 71-65 upset win, everyone took to social media with the same joke.