Alabama Attorney General talks Willie B. Smith III’s delayed execution


(WDHN) — WDHN recently spoke with Alabama Attorney General Steve marshal about Willie B. Smith III’s reprieve from a planned lethal injection.

One week ago, Smith was scheduled to be put to death for the murder of Sharma Ruth Johnson.

However, Smith’s execution was delayed after the U.S. Supreme court said the state must allow his personal pastor in the death chamber.

According to Marshall, although the execution was delayed, his office plans to, ultimately, obtain justice.

“It’s our mission moving forward to provide justice for the victims that were there that night until the last minute, until it was delayed, as well as others that are waiting for those on death row to face the judgment that judges have given them,” Marshall said. “So we’ll continue to pursue that with all aspects of the law and it’s a major priority for our office.”

WDHN also asked marshal about his plans now that Senator Richard Shelby has announced he’s stepping down. Marshall told WDHN he looks forward to continuing to serve the state of Alabama during “a next term.”

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