Stop the Execution of Willie Smith in Alabama

Governor Kay Ivey

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Willie B. Smith III is scheduled for execution in Alabama on February 11th for the 1991 murder of Sharma Ruth Johnson, who was the sister of a Birmingham police detective.

Smith and his attorneys have been appealing his conviction and asking for clemency due to various claims, including that his original trial lawyers provided ineffective assistance and that he shouldn’t be executed because he is intellectually disabled. Court records indicate a defense team expert estimated his IQ at 64 while a prosecution expert presented it as 72.

Attorneys for Smith have an ongoing lawsuit against the state prison system challenging the lethal injection procedure as unconstitutionally cruel. They also argued Smith’s intellectual disability prevented him from understanding what was at stake when the state gave inmates a short window to select hydrogen hypoxia as their preferred execution method.

Please sign the petition asking Governor Ivey to do everything within her power to stop this execution, including issuing a stay, and seeking a path to clemency in the case.

Petitions will be delivered on your behalf at 12:00 pm noon Central Time on February 9th.

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To: Governor Kay Ivey
From: [Your Name]

We are writing to ask that you to stop the February 11th execution of Willie B. Smith III for the 1991 murder of Sharma Ruth Johnson.

Smith and his attorneys have been appealing his conviction and asking for clemency due to various claims, including that his original trial lawyers provided ineffective assistance and that he shouldn’t be executed because he is intellectually disabled with an IQ of 64.

Furthermore, we are concerned that while the vast majority of states with capital punishment continue on a downward trend of executions, Alabama has continued to go against trend by carrying on with scheduling execution dates.

We, the undersigned, ask that you do everything within your power to stop this execution, including issuing a stay, and seeking a path to clemency in the case.

Thank you for your time and attention to this serious matter.