MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has canceled a Monday hearing on an Alabama inmate's aborted execution.
Chief Judge Karon O Bowdre issued the decision Friday, but kept in place a directive to the state of Alabama to preserve records about the attempted execution of Doyle Lee Hamm.
State officials announced at 11:30 p.m. Thursday that they were cancelling the execution because medical staff said they didn't think they could obtain "appropriate venous access" before the execution warrant expired at midnight.
His attorney says he wants to know what happened when prison officials tried to insert a lethal injection line.
The prisoner has argued in court that years of drug use and illness left his veins unusable for authorities to kill him by lethal injection.