The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday declined to review an appeals court decision that overturned the death sentences of an Oklahoma City man who killed his wife and her four children.
Without comment, the high court rejected a request from Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter to review the case. Hunter’s office argued that the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals erred last year when it ruled Roderick L. Smith was ineligible for the death penalty because of an intellectual disability.
The U.S. Supreme Court has previously ruled it unconstitutional to execute people with intellectual disability.