Smith was supposed to be executed in November 2022 by lethal injection, but corrections officers failed to insert an IV properly. The U.S. Supreme Court has authorized nitrogen hypoxia in his case.
It was the first execution carried out in Alabama this year after the state halted executions last fall. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced a pause on executions in November to review procedures.
Supporters and lawyers of the man said he had an IQ of 69 and was intellectually disabled, and that the execution of a mentally ill person was prohibited under international human rights law.
A poor reader, Matthew Reeves is intellectually disabled and wasn't capable of making a decision on the method of execution without assistance, his lawyers arg93ued.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted the death sentence of Julius Jones after a public outcry. Jones, who maintains he was wrongly convicted of a 1999 murder, now faces life in prison without parole.
Patrick Murphy, who escaped from prison and participated in a robbery that led to a murder, was scheduled to be executed Thursday. The court said he had the right to a spiritual adviser of his choice.
A federal three-judge panel denied a drug company's request to halt the execution of Carey Dean Moore over concerns about whether the state obtained the drugs improperly.
The lethal injection of Ronald Phillips may mark the end of Ohio's battle to find a legally permissible means of execution – and the state may soon execute more of the 138 people on its death row.
The state hasn't carried out an execution in more than a decade, but its supply of the sedative midazolam expires at the end of April. So it plans to execute eight men over 11 days.
International laws and treaties forbid the execution of an offender who was a juvenile at the time of the crime. Zeinab Sekaanvand was 17 when she was charged with stabbing her husband to death.