Alan Eugene Miller: Death-row inmate sues medical staff for poking him with needles in botched execution

Alan Eugene Miller: Death-row inmate sues medical staff for poking him with needles in botched execution
Alan Eugene Miller was convicted of a triple homicide more than 20 years ago (wvtm13/video screenshot)

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HOLMAN, WEST VIRGINIA: Convicted murderer Alan Eugene Miller has survived another botched execution after the desperate medical staff jabs him on his feet in an attempt to find a vein. The Alabama death row prisoner has since filed a federal lawsuit after claiming prison workers poked him with needles in a "botched" execution.

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The failed attempt to execute the Alabama death row inmate comes after the medical staff couldn't find his veins 18 different times. Miller's lawyer claims the prison staff even tried to jab his right foot as a spot for the lethal injection to be injected, in which Miller is said to have had his "entire body shook in the restraints" as though he had been electrocuted, reports Mirror. Authorities have now requested a new execution date for Miller.

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Miller was a delivery truck driver and was convicted in the workplace shootings that killed Lee Holdbrooks, Scott Yancy and Terry Jarvis in 1999. Miller murdered Holdbrooks and Yancy at one business and then allegedly drove to another location to shoot Jarvis dead. The assailant is believed to have shot the victims several times. He believed the victims were spreading rumors about him, such as he was gay. A defense psychiatrist found that Miller suffered from severe mental illness. However, Miller's condition was not bad enough to use as a basis for an insanity defense plea and he was convicted of a death sentence.

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The Alabama death row inmate hates needles and Miller's team is seeking a ban on executing Miller in any way that is not his preferred and requested method of nitrogen hypoxia, believe the state is violating his eighth amendment right. Where the death penalty could protect the person from cruel punishment. Miller's lawyer complained of his agonizing pain during the ordeal and said, "Mr Miller could feel his veins being pushed around inside his body by needles. Nauseous, disoriented, confused, and fearful about whether he was about to be killed... blood was leaking from some of (his) wounds." As the legal teams fight to seek a ban on executing Miller in a way that is not acceptable to the murder, the team also alleges he has experienced "mental and physical anguish". In the embarrassing turn of events after his execution and final meal, Miller remains living. 

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