HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - A man convicted of killing his ex-wife, unborn child and three others six years ago in northern Alabama has been sentenced to death on Thursday after being convicted of several chargescapital murder.
The sentence handed down by Madison County Circuit Judge Chris Comer follows a jury's 11-1 vote to recommend the death of Christopher Henderson, 46, who also could have been given a life sentence without parole, media reported.
The judge had a choice as Henderson was indicted before lawmakers took away judges the possibility of overriding the recommendation of conviction of jurors in the event of death. cas ital.
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In July, jury sentenced Henderson to the shooting and stabbing death of his wife Kristin Smallwood; his unborn daughter; her 8-year-old son, Clayton Chambers; his nephew1 year old Eli Sokolowski; and her mother, Carol Jean Smallwood.
Kristin Smallwood's sister, Kelly Smallwood Sokolowski, told the judge about the loss of her sister and her son, Eli.
" My father passed away in September of last year and I had a dream and my father was h olding Eli in this dream. I know I will see them again "Sokolowski said.
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Kristin Henderson's brother Keith Smallwood said the victims were good people.
"These were people who were happy to be alive and part of a strong family that we all loved, so it was difficult. But ... we were determined because we know where they are and we know they are smiling, "Smallwood said.
Their bodies havewere found in a house that was burnt down in August 2015, less than a week after Kristen Smallwood sought a court order to remove Henderson from the residence. Henderson had married another woman, Rhonda Carlson, without
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Carlson admitted to helping plan the murders, but denied participating in the murders. She avoided a potential death penalty in a deal with prosecutors, and provided testimony that helped drive Hend's conviction.
Speaking in court, Christopher Henderson spoke out in court. is addressed to the victim, his family and loved ones.
"I would like to offer my sincere apologies to the family " said Henderson. "This is an event that should never have happened. I would also like to apologize to my mother and daughter.