Alabama Set To Begin Executions Via Gas Chamber

Birmingham’s CBS News affiliate reports:

The State of Alabama believes it will finalize its protocol for executing death row inmates by nitrogen suffocation “within months.”

In a federal court hearing held Friday afternoon, Richard Anderson, a lawyer representing the state attorney general’s office, said that while the state could not provide a “date certain,” officials believe an execution protocol using nitrogen suffocation will be completed “within months.”

An execution using the method, which involves replacing oxygen needed to breathe with nitrogen gas, has never been carried out in the United States.

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