A sinister plot, a hefty bribe, and a controversial execution method – the story of Kenneth Eugene Smith’s demise is one that will be etched in the annals of American history forever.
For over three decades, Smith had been on death row for the murder of an Alabama woman, and finally, his time had come. But this was no ordinary execution – it was a first-of-its-kind, using pure nitrogen gas to end a life.
As the clock struck 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Smith was led to the execution chamber, his body trembling with fear and anticipation. With a face mask covering his nose and mouth, he took in his last breaths, knowing that the gas would soon deprive him of oxygen and end his life.
The room fell silent as the deadly gas filled his lungs, and for a moment, it seemed as though Smith was fighting.
The clock ticked away as the curtains slowly opened, revealing the viewing room. The execution had begun, and all eyes were on Smith. It took a mere 22 minutes for the entire process to unfold, but it felt like an eternity for those watching.
As the lethal injection coursed through his veins, Smith’s body began to convulse and writhe. His eyes darted around the room, as if searching for an escape from his impending fate. Despite the restraints, he fought against his restraints, desperate for a chance at survival.
For what seemed like an eternity, Smith’s body trembled and shook, his breaths ragged and heavy. But then, as the drugs took full effect, his movements slowed and eventually ceased altogether. The room fell silent as the once-conscious Smith slipped into unconsciousness, his fate sealed by the justice system.
The audience held their breath, unable to look away from the harrowing scene unfolding before them.
The grand hall was hushed, save for the steady ticking of the clock. The anticipation was palpable as the curtains parted, unveiling the viewing room. All eyes were fixed on Smith, the man at the center of the execution. As the seconds ticked by, the tension in the room grew thicker.
With a click, the lethal injection began to flow into Smith’s body. His once composed demeanor shattered as his body contorted and thrashed against the restraints. His eyes darted wildly, pleading for mercy from the unforgiving audience.
The spectators were transfixed, unable to turn away from the brutal spectacle unfolding before them. The clock seemed to drag on, each minute feeling like an eternity as they watched Smith’s final moments.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared that justice had finally been served in the long-awaited execution of a man convicted of a chilling murder-for-hire plot that left 45-year-old Elizabeth Sennett dead in 1988.
“With each passing year, Mr. Smith tried to evade the consequences of his heinous actions, but today he has faced the ultimate punishment,” Ivey stated with conviction. “My heart goes out to the family of Elizabeth Sennett, who have endured unimaginable pain for over three decades. May this bring them some semblance of closure after enduring such a devastating loss.”