HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A person convicted of killing his estranged spouse, her unborn youngster and three different individuals six years in the past in north Alabama was sentenced to dying Thursday after being convicted of a number of counts of capital homicide.
The sentence by Madison County Circuit Decide Chris Comer adopted a jury’s 11-1 vote to advocate dying for Christopher Henderson, 46, who additionally may have been sentenced to life with out parole, information shops reported.
The decide had the selection as a result of Henderson was charged earlier than lawmakers took away the choice for judges to override the sentencing advice of jurors in capital instances.
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A jury in July convicted Henderson within the capturing and stabbing deaths of spouse Kristin Smallwood; her unborn daughter; her 8-year-old son Clayton Chambers; her 1-year-old nephew Eli Sokolowski; and her mom, Carol Jean Smallwood.
Kristin Smallwood’s sister, Kelly Smallwood Sokolowski, informed the decide concerning the lack of her sister and son, Eli.
“My daddy handed away in September of final 12 months and I had a dream and my daddy was holding Eli in that dream. I do know that I’ll see them once more,” mentioned Sokolowski.
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Kristin Henderson’s brother, Keith Smallwood, mentioned the victims have been good individuals.
“These have been folks that have been completely satisfied to be alive and a part of a powerful household that all of us cherished one another, so it’s been laborious. However … we’ve been resolute as a result of we all know the place they’re and we all know they’re smiling,” mentioned Smallwood.
Their our bodies have been present in a home that had been burned in August 2015 lower than per week after Kristen Smallwood filed for a court docket order to maintain Henderson away from the residence. Henderson had married one other girl, Rhonda Carlson, with out divorcing Smallwood.
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Carlson admitted to serving to plan the killings however denied collaborating within the slayings. She prevented a possible dying penalty in a take care of prosecutors and offered testimony that helped result in Henderson’s conviction.
Talking in court docket, Christopher Henderson addressed the victims’ relations and his personal.
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“I’d like to offer my deepest apologies to the household,” Henderson acknowledged. “That is an occasion that ought to’ve by no means occurred. I’d additionally wish to apologize to my mother and my daughter.”
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