The man known as The Ice Pick Killer is too sick to execute, according to his lawyers.
Representatives for Houston-area serial killer Danny Bible filed a civil rights suit Friday alleging the aging death row inmate is in such poor health that any attempts to execute him will end in a gruesome, botched procedure, according to WMUR 9.
The 66-year-old is scheduled to die on June 27, but Parkinson’s, bad veins and a slew of other medical conditions raise the possibility of a prolonged and painful lethal injection process, and his lawyers argue it violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
“Texas will almost certainly join Alabama and Ohio and add itself to the unconscionable list of botched executions in America,” his attorney Jeremy Schepers told the Chronicle.
“Mr. Bible is an elderly, frail man who has been confined to a wheelchair for the last 15 years and his health is rapidly deteriorating,” he continued. “Recent medical evaluations confirm that his veins are inaccessible and unsuitable for placing an IV. Any attempts to carry out the execution will amount to torture, cause excruciating pain, and violate his constitutional rights.”
In a surprising twist, Bible’s attorneys didn’t completely shut the door on execution, noting that other methods — such as a firing squad or nitrogen gas — might result in a more comfortable ending for him.