Man put to death by lethal injection for 1991 murder of woman who was abducted during robbery and killed in cemetery

Man put to death by lethal injection for 1991 murder of woman who was abducted during robbery and killed in cemetery



An Alabama man has been put to death by lethal injection for the 1991 killing of a woman who was abducted during a robbery and then shot in a cemetery.



Willie B. Smith III, 52, received a lethal injection at Alabama's Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore on Thursday night October 21.



He jerked twice from his gurney as officials injected him with midazolam, the Montgomery Advertiser reports, and he was pronounced dead at 9.47pm local time.







Smith reportedly did not have any last words and refused a last meal before his execution on Thursday. It was his second execution date since February 11.



On that date, Smith was already in a holding cell near the death chamber and the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with his appeal that he could not be put to death without his pastor present.



This time, the nation's highest court rejected a late request for a stay by his lawyers, who had argued that the execution should be blocked on grounds that Smith had an intellectual disability.


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