On November 28, 2021, Doyle Lee Hamm died of lymphoma on Alabama’s Death Row at Holman Prison in Atmore, Alabama.


The New York Times published an obituary for Doyle Lee Hamm on November 29, 2021.


On Friday, December 3, 2021, Doyle Lee Hamm was laid to rest beside his mother and father, Eula Mae Howell and Major Edward Hamm, his six older brothers, James, Ted, O’Neal, Horace, Jimmy, and David, his two sisters, Ruthie and Linda, his grandparents, and extended family, at the cemetery in Barton, Alabama, in the beautiful northwestern part of the state, near Muscle Shoals and the Tennessee Valley.

At his burial beside his grave, Doyle was remembered by his younger brother Danny, his grandniece Dwan, and the many men and women who loved and supported him during his more than three decades on Alabama’s death row, especially the men from the Kairos prison ministry who visited Doyle monthly on death row since the early 1990s, two of whom waited for him at the gallows on the night of February 22, 2018.

It was a peaceful and restful moment that remembered Doyle’s spirit, mercy, and friendship, which touched so deeply so many people, especially his friends on death row, those still alive today and the many who were executed by the state of Alabama over the past decades.

Doyle Lee Hamm Memorial


Farewell Doyle, you have been through countless ordeals, may you now rest in peace.



For more information:

Sam Roberts, “Doyle Lee Hamm, Who Survived a Bungled Execution, Dies in Prison at 64,” New York Times, November 29, 2021.

Jay Reeves, “Alabama inmate who survived execution bid buried with family,” Associated Press, December 4, 2021.

Brian Lyman, “Doyle Hamm, Alabama death row inmate who survived botched execution attempt, dies at 64,” Montgomery Advertiser, November 29, 2021.

Roger Cohen, “Death Penalty Madness in Alabama,” New York Times, February 27, 2018. Mr. Cohen published his reflections on his reporting on Mr. Hamm’s case in “Some Reflections on Journalism.”

Liliana Segura, “Another Failed Execution: The Torture of Doyle Lee Hamm,” Intercept, March 3, 2018.

Bernard E. Harcourt, “The Barbarism of Alabama’s Botched Execution,” New York Review of Books, March 13, 2018.

Bernard E. Harcourt, “The Ghoulish Pursuit of Executing a Terminally Ill Inmate,” New York Times, December 20, 2017.

Jennifer Gonnerman, “The Decades-Long Defense of an Alabama Death-Row Prisoner Enters a Final Phase,” New Yorker, December 19, 2017.

Jennifer Gonnerman, “The Long Defense of the Alabama Death-Row Prisoner Doyle Lee Hamm,” New Yorker, September 13, 2016.

Dr. Mark Heath, Expert Report of Dr. Mark Heath Re. Examination of Doyle Lee Hamm, February 25, 2018.

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An archive of all developments in his case can be found on the UPDATES page.

An archive of pleadings can be found on the PLEADINGS page.



Medical Report by Dr. Mark Heath

Second Amended Complaint

Federal Habeas Corpus Petition