Convicted of Three Murders, Back in Court

The mental competency of a convicted killer was called into question Thursday at the Houston County Courthouse.

Jerry Jerome Smith of Dothan murdered 3 people in a dispute over crack cocaine in 1996.

This is the second time Alabama’s Supreme Court ordered a hearing for Smith.

They're trying to determine if he falls under a 2004 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which says it's unconstitutional to execute a mentally retarded inmate.

Judge Lawson Little will take Thursday’s proceedings into consideration before he decides if Smith is competent to face the death penalty.

If smith is found to be not mentally-retarded his sentence would be commuted to life in prison without parole.


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