Alabama Governor Kay Ivey Pauses Executions After Failed Lethal Injections

Governor calls for full review by Department of Corrections

  • Following an unprecedented third failed lethal injection, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a pause on executions and requested that Attorney General Steve Marshall withdraw motions seeking additional execution dates.
  • The governor also ordered a “top-to-bottom” review of the capital punishment system in the state.
  • The state had another failed execution on Thursday – the second failure in two months and the third since 2018. An execution was completed in July, which involved a three-hour delay at least partly due to the same problem with starting an IV line.
  • “For the sake of the victims and their families, we’ve got to get this right,” Ivey said.
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