“She was a loving, forgiving person,” Hall said of her mother. “I’m pretty sure if she was here today, or if she was in this situation, she’d be willing to forgive.”
“We don’t think (execution) is necessary because it won’t bring her back,” she added.
Helvetius Hall, Smith’s brother, also insisted on imprisonment instead of death.
The execution will come after more than 25 years of legal appeals in James’ case. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey did not respond to a request for comment from DailyExpertNews about the execution.
James and Smith had a “volatile” relationship, and after they broke up, he stalked and harassed her, went to her house uninvited, and threatened to kill her and her ex-husband, according to a U.S. Court of Appeals file that the US Court of Appeals said. case sums up. In 1994, he followed her to a friend’s house and then shot her three times, the report said.
A Jefferson County jury found him guilty of Smith’s murder and recommended the death penalty in 1996, but the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals overturned the conviction based on misappropriation of hearsay rumors, the appeals court said.
Before the retrial, James’ legal team arranged a plea deal with prosecutors in which he would face life in prison in exchange for a guilty plea, but James rejected that plan, the filing said.
“James explained that he was pretty good on death row – he had his own room, his own television that he could control to watch whatever he wanted, and lots of reading material,” the submission says. “He didn’t have to worry about being attacked by other inmates because he was always one-on-one with the guards.”
At the retrial, a jury again convicted James of murder and sentenced him to death in 1999, and the appeals courts upheld the decision. In 2020, the US Court of Appeals upheld the conviction and dismissed James’ claim of ineffective counsel.
A request to postpone his execution was rejected Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.