Doyle Lee Hamm has been on Alabama’s death row at Donaldson Correctional Facility for thirty years, since 1987.

Today, Doyle Hamm is 60 years old and he has lymphatic cancer. Doyle is struggling against cancer.

The Alabama Supreme Court has just set an execution date for February 22, 2018.


A few years ago, Doyle was found to have a “large cell lymphoma” behind his left eye and in his cranium—more specifically in “the left orbit and skull base.” The MRI scan of his head confirmed “the presence of a tumor extending through the foramina into the pterygoid space and into the middle cranial fossa.” At the time, the medical reports and CT scans indicated numerous abnormal lymph nodes in the chest, lungs, and abdomen, as well as risk of involvement of the spinal fluid.

Hamm received radiation treatment to his skull for his cranial cancer, which was believed to have helped; but he has never been treated for the abnormal lymph nodes in the chest, lungs, and abdomen, nor for a cancer on his left cheek below the eye. Sadly, in March 2017, his condition got worse. Mr. Hamm is currently on a heavy dose of prescribed painkillers, which he takes three times a day to manage his pain.

Doyle Hamm’s cancer, treatment, and age have impaired his peripheral veins, and as a result, there is a high likelihood of a botched execution. For other reasons as well, Doyle is no longer a proper candidate for execution. The case is currently in active litigation with a motion for summary judgment and a hearing in federal court on January 31, 2018 in Birmingham, AL.


On June 23, 2017, the state of Alabama moved to set an execution date. Despite overwhelming evidence that venous access would be cruel and unnecessarily painful, the Alabama Supreme Court set an execution date without even addressing the merits of his situation.

All new developments in his case will be updated on the UPDATES page.

Any new pleadings will be posted on the PLEADINGS page.


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