CLEVELAND - Ohio is set to execute a man on Wednesday who was convicted of killing a six-month-old girl during a drunken sexual assault in 1998.
Steven T. Smith, 46, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at a state prison in Lucasville, Ohio, according to the state corrections department.
If the execution is carried out, Smith would be the tenth person executed in the United States this year and the second in Ohio, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Smith was convicted of killing Autumn Carter, the daughter of his live-in girlfriend, Kesha Frye, in what prosecutors said was a drunken sexual assault that lasted up to 30 minutes in their home in Mansfield, Ohio.
Richland County Prosecutor James Mayer told a parole board hearing that Smith shook Autumn violently, banged her head with his hands and slammed her so hard into a couch that its fabric left an impression on her face.