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‘Botched execution’ lasted 90 minutes as Alabama inmate survived ‘torture,’

An Alabama inmate on death row survived a “botched execution” lasting 90 minutes as prison workers unsuccessfully searched for his veins, according to a federal lawsuit. In late September, a knock on the window bordering the execution chamber ended the lethal injection attempt before Alan Miller was left alone for 20 minutes hanging vertically on a gurney with needle puncture wounds — wondering if he was to die that day, court documents state. The event was described as “torture” after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the execution to proceed.

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