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 cancer.

A few years ago, he 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. It is almost certain that the cancer has metastasized.

Doyle 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. Sadly, in April 2017, a biopsy of his eye tissue tested positive for cancer. It appears his cancer has progressed. Mr. Hamm has been scheduled for surgery in the coming weeks. 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 and cancer treatment are likely to interact negatively with Alabama’s lethal injection protocol and to result in a botched execution. For other reasons as well, and the radiation treatment especially, Doyle is no longer a proper candidate for execution.


On June 23, 2017, the state of Alabama moved to set an execution date.

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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