AL Killer Executed After Four Justices Vote to Delay It

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A man who killed an Alabama convenience store clerk more than two decades ago was put to death last night. The execution required two consciousness tests as the inmate heaved and coughed 13 minutes into the lethal injection, the Associated Press reports. Ronald Bert Smith Jr., 45, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., about 30 minutes after the procedure began. Smith was convicted of capital . . .

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