The 58-year-old Smith was executed on January 25 for murdering an evangelist’s wife. The accused killed the pastor’s wife, Elizabeth Sen. Another accused in this case was executed in 2010. On March 18, 1988, 45-year-old Sennett was found dead in her home in Colbert County, Alabama. The woman was stabbed eight times in the chest and on both sides of the neck. Sennett’s husband Charles Sennett Sr. took his own life when it became clear that the police investigation would reach him. The police discovered that hired killers, including Charles Smith, were paid $1,000 to get the insurance money.
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There is widespread criticism in the country against the strange death penalty known as ‘nitrogen hypoxia’. The UN criticized in harsh language. But Alabama officials said the process was humane. In 2022, after an attempt was made to execute Smith by lethal injection but failed, it was decided to use nitrous gas. The chemical injection was stopped at the last moment.
It was decided to choose the method of execution using nitrogen gas due to the unavailability of the lethal chemical. But it was warned that the implementation of death penalty in this way is unconstitutional and if the move fails, there will be serious consequences.
The children of slain Elizabeth Sennett say it’s time to carry out Smith’s sentence. Mike Sennett noted that the focus was on the execution method rather than the mother’s murder. Sennett’s brother said Smith’s death sentence and the execution of the sentence are currently under discussion.
A prison spokesman said Smith met with family members and his mentor, the Reverend Jeff Hood, before the execution. Only three US states have approved the use of nitrogen for executions. The nitrogen execution method is approved in the states of Mississippi and Oklahoma. The punishment is carried out by inhaling nitrogen gas by the offender. The death penalty is legal in only 27 of the fifty US states.
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