First execution of its kind: murderer Kenneth Smith is supposed to die from nitrogen - no one knows how painful it will be

Kenneth Eugene Smith was convicted in 1988 for the murder of Elizabeth Dorlene Sennett.

First execution of its kind: murderer Kenneth Smith is supposed to die from nitrogen - no one knows how painful it will be

Kenneth Eugene Smith was convicted in 1988 for the murder of Elizabeth Dorlene Sennett. The jury's vote at that time was clear with 11 votes to 1: life without chance of release. The judge found the decision too lenient - and overruled it. Instead he ordered the death penalty.

Smith's death sentence was scheduled to be carried out for the first time on November 17, 2022. First, a court briefly stopped the execution by lethal injection. Then it was not possible to create the two entrances necessary to administer the lethal medication and the execution had to be aborted.

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