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When Ohio executes Steve Smith by lethal injection on Wednesday, six women plan to be in the room.
Three include Smith's daughter, sister and niece. Despite a recent admission of guilt, they don't believe Smith raped and killed the 6-month-old baby daughter of his live-in girlfriend in northern Ohio in 1998.
The other three women are 6-month-old Autumn Carter's mother, grandmother and aunt. They see Smith's execution as justice and hope it brings closure.
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 Ohio Gov. John Kasich unanimously turned him down.
Smith will become the 51st inmate put to death in Ohio since it resumed executions in 1999.
AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press