VARNER, Ark. (AP) -- The state executed a murderer Tuesday who said he wouldn't appeal his sentence because it would bring more torment to the families of his five victims.
Clay King Smith, 30, died for the 1998 killings of his ex-girlfriend, her cousin and three children at Pine Bluff.
"I'd like to say I'm sorry about what I did to the victims' families," Smith said before his death. "I hope your hearts can heal. I love my family. I love my family."
Smith had written to the families telling them he would not challenge his death sentence if it would cause them more pain. With their permission, he said, he would have fought for his life. Word from the families never came.
Smith had not filed any appeals with the federal court and did not ask Gov. Mike Huckabee for clemency.
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