Kenneth Smith execution scheduled for 6 p.m.

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The American flag seen behind barbed wire at Holman Correctional Facility on Oct. 22, 2019.

Editor’s note: This story will be updated throughout Thursday with news about the scheduled execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith, who faces death for his role in the contract killing of Elizabeth Sennett in 1988.

Kenneth Eugene Smith was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Thursday at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, for the contract killing of a preacher’s wife. If Smith, 57, is executed, it will be the first death sentence determined by judicial override that Alabama has carried out since it abolished the practice in 2017.

Prosecutors said Smith and two other men killed Elizabeth Dorlene Sennett in 1988 after her husband, preacher Charles Sennett Sr., arranged the murder to collect insurance payments for his debts.

Prosecutors said Charles Sennett Sr. hired Billy Gray Williams, one of his tenants, to have his wife killed. Williams recruited John Forrest Parker and Smith, paying them $1,000 each while pocketing $1,000 for himself. Court documents show that Elizabeth Sennett was beaten and stabbed eight times at her home in Cherokee, a rural town in Colbert County.





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