Death row inmate Doyle Lee Hamm ‘wished to die’ during horror botched execution

A death row inmate told a doctor that the "botched" attempt to execute him was painful that he wanted to die quickly, according to a medical report filed on Monday.

Prison officials had called off Hamm's lethal injection on February 22 after they failed to find a viable vein as the clock ticked down to midnight, which was when the death warrant was set to expire.

According to Hamm's attorney, Bernard Harcourt, the botched procedure could only be described as "torture" as the execution left the inmate with more than a dozen puncture marks in his legs and groin.

During the execution, Hamm "was lying there praying and hoping that they would succeed because of the pain, and collapsed when they took him off the gurney," Harcourt said.

The doctor's report described a horrifying ordeal of how "at one point a large amount of blood began to accumulate in the region of Mr Hamm’s groin. The blood soaked a pad or drape, and another one was applied."

Doyle Lee Hamm's attorney confirmed the 64-year-old passed away from complications from lymphoma on Sunday morning, (November 29).

Hamm was sentenced to death in 1987 for the murder of Patrick Cunningham, who he shot at a motel in Cullman, Alabama, during an armed robbery.

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He confessed to police and was convicted after his two accomplices testified against him in exchange for a plea bargain that would see them get lesser offences.

According to The Sun, Hamm’s veins were likely difficult to locate because of his intravenous drug use and diagnosis with an "extremely aggressive lymphoma".

After over two hours of searching for his veins, the prison official who was monitoring the execution called off the procedure as they had run out of time.

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However, the doctor wanted to keep trying, according to Hamm's account of the procedure.

"The doctor then moved to Mr Hamm’s feet and began examining them and palpating them, stating that he had not had an opportunity to attempt access in the feet," the report said. "The man then told the doctor to 'get out'.

In the end, Hamm's legal team and the state of Alabama later reached a settlement that agreed to not set any more execution dates for him on the condition that he did not pursue any legal cases against the state.

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