Judge won't stop execution of inmate claiming damaged veins

A federal judge has ruled that an Alabama inmate's veins are in good enough shape that the state can execute him by lethal injection.

Posted: Feb. 20, 2018 1:18 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that an Alabama inmate's veins are in good enough shape that the state can execute him by lethal injection.

U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre on Tuesday denied Doyle Lee Hamm's request to block his execution this week. Hamm's attorney has argued lymphoma and hepatitis C have damaged his veins to the point that lethal injection would be unconstitutionally painful.

Bowdre said an independent medical review found that Hamm has usable veins in his lower extremities. The expert said ultrasound would be needed to tap the veins in his upper extremities.

Hamm is scheduled to be executed Thursday for the 1987 murder of motel clerk Patrick Cunningham.

Hamm's attorney, Bernard E. Harcourt, said he has asked the judge to reconsider and will appeal the decision.

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