UPDATE: Alabama Death Row Inmate Executed


45-year-old Ronald Smith, Junior was put to death late Thursday night after his execution was twice put on hold by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Smith was pronounced dead by lethal injection at 11:05 Thursday night at Holman Prison near Atmore.

Witnesses report that Smith heaved and coughed for 13 minutes after the deadly dose of drugs were administered.

Smith was convicted of killing convenience store clerk Casey Wilson at a Huntsville, Alabama convenience store in 1994.



ATMORE, Ala. (AP) – The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a stay of execution for an Alabama inmate who was convicted of killing a convenience store clerk in 1994.

The court issued the decision Wednesday, saying Ronald Bert Smith, Jr. waited too long to file a challenge to Alabama’s lethal injection procedure.

The 45-year-old inmate is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Smith was convicted in the 1994 slaying of Huntsville convenience store clerk Casey Wilson. Lawyers for the state said Smith pistol-whipped Wilson when he wouldn’t open the cash register and then shot him through the head.

A jury recommended life imprisonment by a 7-5 vote, but a judge sentenced Smith to death.

Attorneys for Smith have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution to review the judge’s override of the sentencing recommendation.

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