"Ohio executes man who killed, raped 6-month-old," is the AP report filed by Amanda Lee Myers, via WOI-TV.
A man convicted of killing a 6-month-old as he raped her was executed Wednesday despite his arguments that he never meant to hurt her.
Steve Smith, 46, was executed by lethal injection for the September 1998 killing of his live-in girlfriend's daughter, Autumn Carter, in Mansfield in northern Ohio.
Smith became the 51st inmate put to death in Ohio since it resumed executions in 1999. The state has enough of its lethal injection drug, the powerful sedative pentobarbital, to execute two other inmates before the supply expires. Eight more inmates are scheduled to die from November through mid-2015.
It was Ohio's second execution of 2013. To date, there have been 10 executions in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,330 post-Furman executions since 1977.