Competency Hearing Held For Jerry Smith

A judge will rule later on whether a condemned killer from Dothan is competent enough to be executed for capital murder.

A competency hearing was held Thursday morning for Jerry Jerome Smith.

He was convicted and sentenced to die for killing 3-people over crack cocaine and money in October, 1996.

Alabama high court ordered a hearing earlier this year to determine if smith falls under a 2004 U.S Supreme Court ruling which says it is unconstitutional to execute a mentally-retarded inmate.

Judge Lawson Little has asked attorneys to submit additional briefs before he rules on whether Smith is competent to face the death penalty.

If not, Smith's death sentence would be commuted to life in prison without parole.


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