MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – The Alabama Supreme Court has set an execution date of Nov. 17 for Kenneth Eugene Smith.
The death warrant, issued Friday, will be carried out in the death chamber of Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, barring further action by a court.
In 1996, Smith was convicted in a murder-for-hire plot that led to the death of Elizabeth Dorlene Sennett in her Colbert County home. A jury recommended by a vote of 11 to 1 that Smith should receive a sentence of life without parole, but a judge overrode that verdict and sentenced Smith to death.
“If Smith’s trial had occurred today, he would not be eligible for execution,” a federal appeals court wrote of Smith’s case in 2021.
Alabama abandoned an attempt to execute another inmate, Alan Miller, earlier this month after prison staff had difficulty accessing Miller’s veins.
An independent autopsy of James conducted after his execution showed that the state had gone to extreme lengths to access James’ veins, including a rudimentary, outdated procedure known as a “cutdown,” which involved slicing an inmate’s skin to more easily access veins.