Ala. executes killer using pure nitrogen; defense had cited Gville plant accident in appealing case

A man who was paid $1,000 to kill an Alabama woman more than 30 years ago was put to death with pure nitrogen gas, a first-of-its-kind execution that again placed the U.S. at the forefront of the debate over capital punishment. It was the first execution in this country using that chemical. Alabama execution using nitrogen gas, the first ever, again puts US at front of death penalty debate – SRN News

In pleading his case in recent weeks, defense attorneys and even the United Nations had raised fears about the potential for a botched execution and cited the Gainesville poultry plant accident three years ago that left six workers dead from exposure to nitrogen. U.N. urges halt is scheduled execution using chemical that killed workers at G’ville plant 97.5 Glory FM | North Georgia’s Family Radio Station (