Willie B. Smith

Alabama Only State to Limit Media to 1 Witness at Execution

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will be the third state to carry out a death sentence during the COVID-19 pandemic and is the only one to limit the number of witnesses to a single reporter. The Alabama Department of Corrections says that because of COVID-19 precautions only one reporter will be allowed to witness Thursday’s lethal injection of Willie B….

Alabama: Pastor Can Hold Inmate’s Hand During Execution

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will allow an inmate’s pastor to hold his hand during an execution scheduled for next month. In a court document, lawyers described the new procedure that will be used. Willie B. Smith is scheduled to be executed on Oct. 21. Alabama officials in February called off Smith’s execution after the U.S. Supreme Court maintained an…