Alabama to carry out nation’s first execution via nitrogen hypoxia

The state of Alabama is set to carry out the nation’s first execution via nitrogen hypoxia on Thursday, officials said.

Kenneth Eugene Smith is set to be executed inside the William C. Holman Correctional Facility for the 1988 murder-for-hire killing of Alabama native Elizabeth Sennett, according to a report.

The execution is slated to proceed at 6:00 p.m. CST, when a mask will be placed on Smith’s face, and nitrogen will end his life.

Nitrogen naturally makes up roughly 78% of the air that people inhale, but pure nitrogen inhaled at the right level will deprive the body of oxygen and kill a person in what experts believe to be a painless procedure.

In a rare turn of events, Thursday evening will not be the first time that
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