KUNA, Idaho (AP) — Idaho on Wednesday delayed the execution of serial killer Thomas Eugene Creech, one of the longest-serving death row inmates in the U.S., after a failed attempt at lethal injection.

The 73-year-old was imprisoned in 1974 and has been convicted of five murders in three states and suspected of several more.

He was already serving life in prison when he beat a fellow inmate, 22-year-old David Dale Jensen, to death in 1981 — the crime for which Creech was to be executed more than four decades later.

Idaho’s prison director said the medical team could not establish an IV line to administer the fatal drug.

The execution was to be Idaho’s first in 12 years, and was witnessed by six Idaho officials and four news media representatives.

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