Alabama’s First Nitrogen Gas Execution Ends in Violent Convulsions, Prompting Outcry from Witnesses

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The recent execution of Kenneth Smith in Alabama has sparked controversy and raised concerns about the use of nitrogen hypoxia as a method of capital punishment. Witnesses to the execution reported that Mr. Smith experienced violent shaking and convulsions as he inhaled pure nitrogen through a mask until he ultimately suffocated. While state officials claim that the process is painless, the distressing scenes witnessed during Mr. Smith’s execution suggest otherwise. The execution itself lasted at least 22 minutes, although the official time of death remains unknown due to the closure of the … Read more

Federal Judge Clears Path for First Execution by Nitrogen Hypoxia in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — A federal judge in Alabama has rejected an inmate’s request to halt his execution scheduled for later this month, potentially making him the first person to be put to death using the untested method of nitrogen hypoxia. Kenneth Eugene Smith, who was convicted of a murder-for-hire plot in 1988, had argued that the state’s current protocol for nitrogen hypoxia violated his constitutional rights due to the risk of a painful death. However, Judge R. Austin Huffaker Jr. ruled that Smith had not proven that the protocol would cause cruel and unusual punishment, … Read more

Alabama Set to Execute Inmate Using Controversial Nitrogen Gas Method, Ignites Debate

Montgomery, Alabama – A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Alabama will be permitted to use nitrogen gas as a method of execution later this month. If carried out, it would be the first execution in the United States using this new method, which critics argue is cruel and experimental. Inmate Kenneth Eugene Smith had requested a preliminary injunction to stop his scheduled execution on January 25th, but the judge rejected the motion. Smith’s lawyers claim that Alabama is using him as a “test subject” for an untried execution method after he survived a previous … Read more

Federal Judge Gives Green Light for Alabama’s First Nitrogen Gas Execution

LYNN, Alabama – A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Alabama will be permitted to carry out an execution using nitrogen gas later this month, marking the nation’s first use of this new method. The decision comes despite criticism from the inmate’s lawyers, who argue that the method is cruel and experimental. The ruling by U.S. District Judge R. Austin Huffaker denied inmate Kenneth Eugene Smith’s request for an injunction to halt his scheduled execution on January 25. Smith’s attorneys are expected to appeal the decision, potentially bringing the case before the U.S. Supreme Court. … Read more