US inmate wins last-minute stay of execution after priest ruling

Washington (AFP) – An Alabama man convicted of murder 30 years ago was granted a last-minute stay of execution Thursday, after the US Supreme Court ruled that barring his priest from being by his side during his death was unlawful. Willie Smith, 52, was convicted of the 1991 killing of a 22-year-old woman in Birmingham, the most populous city in the southern state, after robbing her at gunpoint at an ATM. Smith’s lawyers over the decades have challenged his death sentence, arguing he has a below-average mental capacity. As the execution date approached, lawyers filed a fresh slew of appeals ch…

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