The Ohio Parole board says a death row inmate convicted of killing an infant should not be spared from lethal injection. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.
The Ohio Parole board has recommended against clemency for Steven Smith, a man who was convicted of sexually assaulting and killing six month old Autumn Carter in Mansfield in 1999.
Smith contends he was drunk at the time and meant to sexually assault the baby but not kill her. And his attorneys claim he’s changed his life for the better while in prison.
But the parole board, in a unanimous decision, recommends against clemency for Smith.
It’s now up to Governor Kasich to decide whether to grant a reprieve for Smith. Barring that, or court action, Smith will be put to death on May first.