Inmate Who Survived Horrific Botched Execution Is Fighting The Second Attempt

Romell Broom's attempted execution lasted two hours.

By Eric Shorey

Romell Broom was found guilty of abducting, raping, and killing a 14-year-old girl. He was sentenced to death for his crimes, but state executioners repeatedly failed at finding a vein in which they could inject lethal chemicals. The ordeal took over two hours before the attempt at putting Broom to death was temporarily abandoned, according to CBS News. The injection had been attempted 18 times; Broom claimed the experience was excruciating.

Broom had at first been granted a one-week reprieve but had successfully dodged that date due to legal actions, which argued that his death would eliminate important evidence in cases against the constitutionality of the death penalityNow, the state is attempting to reset his execution date but is facing a flurry of appeals. Broom had already delayed the date for seven years due to appeals, and will continue to do so: attorneys are saying Broom has several other appeals still pending and that the state has no reason to be in a hurry to execute him.

The Supreme Court had already dismissed at least one appeal, which argued that it would be cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy to subject Broom another execution attempt.

The story of the botched execution was told in the documentary The Second Execution of Romell Broom by Michael Verhoeven. Broom himself also wrote about the experience in an eBook titled Survivor on Death Row.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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