Smith to be executed Thursday

Published 12:07 am Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ronald Bert Smith Jr. is scheduled to be executed tomorrow, Thurs., Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility just outside of Atmore, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Smith was sentenced to death by a trial court judge on Oct. 6, 1995, after shooting a Circle C store clerk in the early morning hours of Nov. 8, 1994, in Huntsville.

According to court records, videotape evidence showed many of the events that took place inside of the store.

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Smith, who injured the store clerk by pistol whip and shooting the clerk in the left arm, fired the killing shot into the clerk’s head in the restroom of the store and retrieved the spent shell casings from the floor, according to court records.

Smith was convicted of capital murder on Aug. 5, 1995, in Madison County; a penalty hearing followed and the jury, by a 7-5 vote, recommended that he be sentenced to life without parole. The trial court overrode the jury’s recommendation.

This is the second execution that’s been scheduled in about a month.

On Nov. 3, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution of Tommy Arthur.