Lawyer for Inmate Scheduled for Execution Says Execution Could Be a COVID-19 Super-spreader Event

A lawyer for an Alabama inmate scheduled to be executed next month is asking the Alabama Supreme Court to delay the lethal injection because of COVID-19.

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Willie B. Smith

Willie B. Smith, 51, is set to be executed by lethal injection on Feb. 11 at Holman Correctional Facility. He was convicted of the 1991 shotgun slaying of Sharma Ruth Johnson. His attorney wrote in a petition to the Alabama Supreme Court that the execution could be a super-spreader event for COVID-19.

Smith’s lawyer attorney also said it’s difficult to adequately prepare Smith’s clemency petition without in-person visits. Phone calls are allowed.

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