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Ivey, a Republican, said, “Due to last-minute legal attempts to delay or stop executions, justice could not be served tonight, but it is the right thing to do.” “My prayers are with the children and grandchildren of the victims who are forced to relive their tragic loss.”

One of Smith’s attorneys said in a brief email early on Friday that Smith and other attorneys had been working through the morning drafting legal papers and considering next steps. rice field.

“Tonight is really tough,” said attorney Jeffrey Horowitz.

Smith was convicted in 1996 of murdering the pastor’s wife, Sennett. A pastor who tried to kill Ms. Smith and another man by offering her $1,000 each committed suicide a week after her murder. Another hired hitman he was executed in 2010.

During sentencing proceedings, Smith’s attorneys noted that he was 22 years old at the time of the crime and that he was “neglected and deprived” of his childhood. Other mitigating factors included Mr. Smith’s remorse, no significant criminal record and well-behaved in prison. Eleven jurors voted for life in prison without parole.

However, N. Pride Tompkins, the judge in the case, said the aggravating factors in the case outweighed these issues. Mr. Smith had been paid for his crimes and had ample opportunity to back out of his hired murder plan. He went along with it anyway. A jury heard an “emotional appeal” from Mr. Smith’s mother, he said.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Alabama is one of four states, along with Delaware, Florida and Indiana, that allow judges to overrule jurors opposing death sentences. All of these states have since outlawed the practice or have been declared illegal by courts.

Smith’s scheduled execution was set to be the fourth nationwide this week. Two of his men were executed Wednesday in Arizona and Texas, and his third man was executed Thursday morning in Oklahoma.

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