Supreme Court Declines To Halt Nitrogen-Gas Execution

 January 25, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a huge decision regarding the execution of Kenneth Smith, a convicted murderer.

The high court ruled that Alabama would be allowed to carry out America’s first execution by nitrogen gas.

Smith was sentenced to death for the first-degree murder of Elizabeth Sennet in 1988.

He was one of two men Sennett’s husband hired to kill his wife.

John Forrest Parker, the other man, was sentenced to death and given a lethal injection back in 2010.

Smith was given a lethal injection in 2022, but he survived when the procedure was botched.

After that occurred, he put forth a legal challenge, saying that putting him through another execution would violate the Eighth Amendment, which protects Americans against cruel and unusual punishment.

The justices declined to hear his challenge.

Smith’s execution by nitrogen gas took place Thursday evening.

Do you think the justices should have heard Smith’s legal challenge?