Death Row Inmate Execution
Updated: Wednesday, May 1 2013, 12:39 PM EDT
LUCASVILLE (AP) -- An Ohio death-row inmate who claims he didn't mean to kill the 6-month-old baby he raped almost 15 years ago was executed.
Steve Smith was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at the state prison in Lucasville at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The 46-year-old was convicted of aggravated murder in the September 1998 killing of his live-in girlfriend's infant daughter, Autumn Carter.
Smith had tried to get his sentence reduced to life in prison, arguing that he was too drunk to realize that 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.
His family and Autumn's family plan to witness the execution.
The 46-year-old only recently admitted to the killing but also says he was too drunk during the assault to realize he was killing Autumn.
A prison spokeswoman said Smith visited with his only child, a 21-year-old daughter, and niece on Wednesday morning.
His last meal on Tuesday night was pizza, fried fish, chocolate ice cream and soda.