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Toledoans to protest execution of convicted baby killer

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LUCASVILLE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

An Ohio prisoner on death-row is set to be executed on Wednesday.

Steve Smith is scheduled for lethal injection at the state prison in Lucasville at 10 a.m.

Smith claims he did not mean to kill his girlfriend's 6-month-old baby, Autumn Carter, when he raped the infant in September 1998.

Smith tried to get his sentence reduced to life in prison, arguing that he was too drunk to realize his assault was killing Autumn.

The Ohio Parole Board and Gov. John Kasich unanimously turned him down.

Smith will become the 51st inmate put to death in Ohio since it resumed executions in 1999.

Both Smith's family and Autumn's family plan to witness the execution.

The Toledo Coalition Against the Death Penalty (Tolcadp) will hold a vigil at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the corner of Erie and Adams Streets in Downtown Toledo.

Organizers say they will stand with compassion and sympathy for the victims, including the family of Steve Smith.

In a statement, the Coalition said, "We don't argue innocence or guilt. We believe no human life should be taken. The violence must stop, by individuals and by the State."

The protests have become a custom since executions resumed.

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