January 25, 1995 in Nation/World

White Executied For Killing Black

Compiled From Wire Services
 

For only the second time since the U.S. Supreme Court restored the death penalty in 1976, a white murderer was put to death Tuesday for killing a black person.

Kermit Smith Jr., 37, was executed by lethal injection for the 1980 rape and murder of Whelette Collins, a 20-year-old cheerleader at N.C. Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount. Authorities say Smith smashed her head between two cinder blocks while two other kidnapped cheerleaders were locked in a car trunk.


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