Tags: US | Death Penalty | Alabama | The Latest

High Court Lets Alabama Execution Go Forward

Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 08:51 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court has said the planned execution of an Alabama inmate can proceed.

The court narrowly ruled Thursday evening that the execution could proceed. Four liberal justices said they would have voted to grant the stay, according to an order emailed by the court giving no further explanation.

Forty-five-year-old Ronald Bert Smith Jr. is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday evening.

Smith was convicted of murder in the 1994 death of Huntsville convenience store clerk Casey Wilson, who was shot in the head during a robbery.

Smith's lawyers had asked the Supreme Court to halt the execution to review whether a judge should have been able to override the jury's recommendation and impose the death penalty. The jury had recommended life imprisonment by a 7-5 vote.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had delayed the 6 p.m. CST execution to consider the request. Prison officials said Smith's execution would be carried out later Thursday evening.

© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 
1Like our page
2Share
US
The U.S. Supreme Court has said the planned execution of an Alabama inmate can proceed.The court narrowly ruled Thursday evening that the execution could proceed. Four liberal justices said they would have voted to grant the stay, according to an order emailed by the court...
US, Death Penalty, Alabama, The Latest
156
2016-51-08
Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 08:51 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved