Competency Hearing Scheduled For Jerry Smith

A competency hearing has been scheduled for a condemned killer from Dothan.

The outcome will determine if Jerry Jerome Smith's death sentence will be changed to life in prison without parole.

Smith was convicted and sentenced to die for the drug related slayings of three people more than ten years ago.

The victim's were gunned down at a Dothan residence in October of 1996 during a dispute over money and crack cocaine.

Alabama's High Court ordered a hearing earlier this year to determine if Smith falls under a 2004 ruling by the U.S Supreme Court.

That ruling says it's unconstitutional to execute a mentally retarded inmate.

Smith's competency hearing has been set for September 27th before Judge Lawson Little.


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