US man who raped, murdered six-month-old baby executed

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WASHINGTON — An Ohio man convicted of raping and murdering a six-month-old baby was executed by lethal injection on Wednesday after a last-ditch plea for mercy was dismissed.

Steven Smith, 46, was declared dead at 10:29 am (1429 GMT), prison authorities in Lucasville, southern Ohio, confirmed after the execution.

Smith was sentenced to death in March 1999 for the aggravated murder of Autumn Carter, the daughter of his girlfriend, in September 1998. The baby died from trauma and asphyxiation after being crushed during the assault.

Smith’s lawyers had argued he should be spared the death penalty on the grounds that he had not intended to kill his victim during a drunken rape. However, repeated appeals were unsuccessful.

Ohio Governor John Kasich — who has commuted four death sentences in the past and is on record as having reservations about capital punishment — also rejected a plea for clemency after taking advice from the Ohio Parole Board.

“Smith took the life of an innocent 6-month-old infant while using the baby to sexually gratify himself,” the board said.

“It is hard to fathom a crime more repulsive or reprehensible in character. It is clearly among the worst of the worst.”

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  • Jake Lopez

    Pinoys should stop being too righteous. Ibalik na death penalty para sa heinous crimes like this, para sa drug trafficking, illegal recruiting, killing tourists, rape with murder, etc.

    • tyurl

      Add plunder and start rounding up the politicians.

    • WL Support

      Bringing back death penalty will only cause a tit-for-tat action which may be the root of irresistible vengeance and lead to a cascade of unwanted scenarios, especially when justice was perceptively restored by improper prejudice on anyone. And if that so happens, people will keep on killing one another.

      Look at how the killings of civilians everywhere have led to sprouting of some radical movements which may or may not at all be related to terrorism. It’s like death penalty was imposed (by a certain government) on that area which caused casualties sometimes termed “collateral” damage. Family members of those who died (by brute force) then eventually settle to retaliate and form organizations sometimes labelled terrorists.

      I must point out that I have no sympathy for terrorists. But, good and bad people will always be present in society, and that’s the truth.

      You, especially death penalty imposers, are in no position to take away the life of others, especially when you don’t know the true motive and environment with which that person was subjected to. And unless we find the absolute truth, as to why people resort to such, then we can’t just believe death penalty is the solution to everything extremely mean, dark, and evil.

      • AntiAko

        “You, especially death penalty imposers, are in no position to take away the life of others” – i guess you should be saying that to the mother of the helpless 6-month old baby who was killed by the rapist. are you saying then that the rapist was in a position to take away the life of his victim?

      • WL Support

        No. I’m not saying that. Death penalty is just not the solution to that. Again, I placed sub-clause, to emphasize where my standpoint is, which you apparently excluded. Kindly read my point-of-view as a whole.

    • Simplify1

      ok sana ang death penalty sa Pinas, kaya lang karamihan sa mga ma de death penalty yung mga mahirap… yung mga mayayaman may pera para sa magaling na abogado, kung corrupt pa yung judge, kaya nilang lagyan…si mahirap kalaboso agad…

      • Cobra

        I remember back when the rape of Maggie de la Riva case.Most of the accused were from prominent families but they were still executed bar one who committed suicide before the execution day.Lim Seng an infamous drug dealer was executed by firing squad all these during martial law years and people were well behaved.I don’t want to glorify martial law,there were abuses but generally the populace became law abiding for the time.Wives were particularly happy,their husbands comes home early, it’s curfew after midnight.

  • Brax82

    We get these kinds of news every other week, ibalik ang Death Penalty para matakot naman iong mga criminal!

    • superpilipinas

      kung hindi nga natakot yung kriminal sa Ohio na may death penalty, dito pa sa Pilipinas.

      • Brax82

        Pakibasa po uli comment ko and the article itself. Please give me a proof na rin stating na madalas na nangyayare ang ganitong crimen sa Ohio… Sana may death penalty rin for being stupid, baka maunaka sa pila.

      • superpilipinas

        he-he-he. napikon ka na.

        google mo capital crime rate sa US at compare mo lugar na meron at lugar na walang death penalty. he-he-he

      • Brax82

        Hmm. Medyo. I just hate these freakin rapists and I just want them to die… Pero alam ko nmang walang gagawin si Pnoy,la ngang nangyayare sa Mindanao Massarcre.

      • Brax82

        Oh wow, my number 1 fan Barney Stinson is here again. The once proud Noytard turnd to a mere Troll. Haha. Don’t mind this idiot..

      • Barney Stinson

        Eh ikaw, may ginawa ka ba? Or baka nagpapa-rape ka din, f@g. :P

      • Brax82

        Ay naging Troll nalang talaga ung Barney Stinson? Di na nahiya sa sarili…Tak tsk, Noytrd tlga dali basagin.

      • Barney Stinson

        Ey STFU puto. We don’t care about your comments, we just love to troll you. Period.
        (insert yet another “smar@$$” (notice the quotation marks) from you below)

      • disqus_4MqT2rnBMb

        He didn’t realized he’ll get the death penalty until it’s too late

  • wawa2172

    Learn it from the US, child rape and murder is a heinous crime punishable by execution. Sa Pinas life imprisonment lang at pwedi pang makatakas. Well, we have to differentiate the law of God and law of man to implement capital punishment through execution.

    • superpilipinas

      learn from it….even in Ohio which has death penalty…it will still happen.

      the rapist would surely prefer the lethal injection than life imprisonment in Muntinlupa where he will be raped like a human toilet.

    • panhase

      Well, there is a Congressman convicted on two accounts of child rape. He is walking free because he was pardoned.

      • superpilipinas

        the problem is the former president (GMA) who pardoned the congressman to get the favor back. the root causes are corruption and patronage politics.

        but we are still in the same situation today. His shooting buddy patronizes illegal DVDs and doesn’t get even a slap on the wrist.
        he would not prioritize FOI since his corrupt allies will turn against him.

  • superpilipinas

    well….

    that is sadly a by-product of liberalism (divorce, liberal media, pre-marital sex, extra-marital sex, etc)…..Philippines is moving in that direction too. Thanks to people who do not know that a lot of these things are happening frequently in countries like the US.

    even death sentences and capital punishment could not deter people and prevent these from happening.

    when people are liberal minded when it comes to sex (thanks to the media who promote it) and then mix that with drugs and alchohol, it’s the recipe of heinous sexual crimes.

    • panhase

      Child rape is a by-product of liberalism? How can divorce or pre-marital sex lead to child rape? What is the connection there? Do you remember the Congressman from the South? He did rape a child, do you think he was lead by the liberal media to do that?

    • docsala

      Hahahaha. another nincumpup! Hahaha. OMG! I cannot even fathom the level of idiocy this person has. HAHAHAHA

  • panhase

    In principle I am against the death penalty but there are cases, like this one, that could swing my opinion.

    • superpilipinas

      did the death penalty in Ohio prevent this heinous crime?

      • macobex

        but at least he was punished. SEVERELY. and rightly so.

      • disqus_4MqT2rnBMb

        and justice is served !!!!

      • superpilipinas

        justice is not served. the man will not suffer punishment long enough. the victim’s mother will.

      • panhase

        No, it did not prevent the crime. Death penalty never prevented any crime, I did not try to argue that. And I am, as I stated, against capital punishment. However when reading about such a horrific crime, some emotions will take over that could sway the opinion for a moment. After all we are human beings.

      • superpilipinas

        yes it’s blood boiling. i don’t want the monster to just conveniently and comfortably die a quick death under lethal injection.

        i want this monster to be raped by other monsters for the rest of his breathing life in prison!!! even though i think that is against my Christian principles.

  • Cobra

    Death penalty should be re introduce in the Phils. to get rid of low lifes that commits similar heinous crimes.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Sadly, here in our country, fathers, uncles and brothers commits rape against own daughters, sisters and nieces while deranged individuals often kidnap young girls then raped. Do they die for what they do? No, they are jailed while their victims live miserable life and shuttered future.

  • calixto909

    US of A is already afflicted like a malignant disease with crimes involving senseless killings because it’s God’s punishment to them for defying his words

    • john_constantine

      ..and you know this how?

  • patriotic_act

    good riddance to them..

    now in our case here in PH it would be really great the have the death penalty back.. not the lethal injection.. but the Electric Chair and the Firing Squad.. a condemned can choose between the two and should he not it will automatically be the electric chair.

    have all people who want to watch the execution watch it by going into the venue of execution, if the media wanted to have it televised with parental guidance as rating (should they allow them to see it or not will be their discretion).

    either the death penalty will not be a solution to innate crime or otherwise is no longer an argument, it is better to have it with crime happening than not to have it and crime still happening..

    since just because crime is inevitable doesnt mean we wont do anything about it.

    • WeAry_Bat

      Let’s us clarify that absolute death penalty will be given where death has occurred. There is a chance for commutation to lesser punishment if the victim(s) are still alive.

      Otherwise, I am not in favor of death penalty as it may lead to more killings of victims. Give criminals the motivation to keep their victims alive.

      But I do not condemn vigilante and along-the-way, er, ‘incidents’, as in such cases, the guilt of the suspect is very obvious to the people.

      • patriotic_act

        I agree..

        lets say a rape victim was not killed we can deliberate if the perpetrator can just suffer life imprisonment, or case to case basis like when the victim was not killed but unfortunately was paralyzed because of the attack that led to her not being able to live a normal life again can still be a reason for a death sentence.

        that will be a good pre-requisite.. but I personally still vote for a death penalty law.

      • WeAry_Bat

        I am sorry, let me rephrase it.

        I am in favor of the death penalty if the suspect has killed the victim(s). Let me add your contribution…’and if the suspect has rendered the victim forever less than alive’.

      • disqus_4MqT2rnBMb

        The statement kind of confusing to me..why not without the benefit of the doubt , all heinous crime be given a death sentence or a double life sentence without the possibility of a parole ?

      • WeAry_Bat

        gray areas. not all heinous crimes involve killing.

        but one issue is plunder. it indirectly kills but it is still a burden of proof… to show low-quality mortars led to the death of soldiers who depended on it; or that wife-husband presidential tandem of graft and corruption led to more deaths of pregnant women and babies.

        despite you and i having the feeling that corrupt people indirectly killed a lot more people than a mass murderer could do in one gun shooting incident, they could still make a defense of not being direct murderers, it wasn’t their direct jurisdiction and make a plea bargain. so i guess this is where a ‘good lawyer’ comes in, and i hope it is not an oxymoron.

      • patriotic_act

        fair enough.. suffering is indeed much better than the quick escape of death..

    • catmanjohn

      You will defeat the purpose and the cause with any notion of supporting sadistic revenge. The death penalty should be quick, quiet, and painless. The use of lethal injection, is unfortunately, in some cases, justified and proper,

      • patriotic_act

        well its just my own personal preference

      • http://www.facebook.com/lansanganbaby Araceli Lansangan

        hanging is quick in seconds the neck snap and cheaper,I can make the Hang Loose

  • joboni96

    karumaldumal

    batter to rid this kind of genes
    death penalty for murderers

  • david

    the only way to stop such criminals is by cutting off their chance to propagate- death penalty.

  • antiscam

    GOOD RIDDANCE!

  • Peter Lim

    What I don’t understand is why we have to feed him for 25 yrs. waste of money before executing him? People on dead row should be executed right away after sentencing!!!

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