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Alabama gasses prisoner with nitrogen in first new execution method in decades

Updated: 5pm (AEDT) Atmore, Alabama Reuters Alabama on Thursday executed convicted murderer Kenneth Smith, who held his breath in vain as officials asphyxiated him with nitrogen gas, the first use of a new method of capital punishment since lethal injections began in the US four decades ago. Smith, convicted of a 1988 murder-for-hire, was a […]