Steve Smith, 46, was executed Wednesday morning in Ohio. He had been convicted for a crime he committed in 1998. He raped his live-in girlfriend’s 6-month-old daughter, killing her.
The Ohio Parole Board and Gov. John Kasich unanimously turned him down, with the board calling him “the worst of the worst.”
“Smith took the life of an innocent 6-month-old infant while using the baby to sexually gratify himself,” the board said in its decision. “It is hard to fathom a crime more repulsive or reprehensible in character.”
Smith’s 21 year old daughter was present for the execution. “I know my dad’s innocent,” she said. “I do not believe he did this, and you know, he raised all my cousins, my sister before I was even born, and he never did anything (sexually).”
On September 29, 1998, Smith carried the lifeless body of six-month-old Autumn Frye to her mother Kesha’s bed, and laid it next to her. Kesha took Autumn and her 2 year old sister to a neighbor’s house where 911 was called. Efforts were made for more than an hour before she was pronounced dead.
Autumn had multiple bruises and cuts, and evidence that she had been brutally raped, although no semen was present. White material found inside the house was determined to be part of Autumn’s diaper. The other part was found in a trash can outside of the home, as well as 10 empty beer cans and a “T” shirt.
At the time, Smith told police that he “didn’t do anything.” “I’m not sick like that,” he said.
Smith was executed at 10:29 Wednesday morning.
Columnist-The Guardian Express