Death row inmate sues after 'botched' execution

Staff, medical personnel tried, failed for 2½ hours to find veins for lethal injection

(CNN) An Alabama death row inmate whose execution went wrong is asking that his death sentence be vacated. The attempted execution was “botched and bloody,” as the inmate’s lawyer put it, and left the inmate under “physical and mental duress.”

Doyle Lee Hamm was convicted in 1987 of committing murder during a robbery and sentenced to death. On February 22, the 61-year-old was being prepped for intravenous lethal execution at the Holman Correctional Facility when staff and medical personnel tried and failed for 2½ hours to find veins in his groin, feet and legs.

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A federal judge ordered a medical exam by an outside physician; it was completed Sunday by Dr. Mark Heath, an anesthesiologist who practices at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

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