Corey Smith was sentenced to death by the State of Alabama for a murder committed during a kidnapping. According to court documents Corey Smith would kidnap the victim who would be fatally shot before being wrapped up in a carpet and set on fire. Corey Smith would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
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The State’s evidence tended to show the following. On February 24, 1995, Tallapoosa police discovered the charred body of Kimberly Brooks rolled in a carpet; the carpet was lying beside a dirt road in Bibb Town. The coroner testified that Brooks had been shot in the head and the stomach and that there was soot in her lungs and trachea; he testified that she died of the “shots to the head [and] the chest and possible asphyxiation and burning.”
Corey Smith handwrote the following confession for the police:”Kim came to the house around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning with Labreasha Main. We was talking about getting married later on. My brother Reginald came and Main left. After awhile, Reginald left. “When my mamma got off work, me and Kim got into an argument about another girl calling me. We went outside. I pulled my gun on her. Sanjay [Brooks] and Shontai [Smith] pulled up. I forced her into the van. I told Sanjay to go to Bibb Town, which he did. And, when we got there, Kim and I got out, continuing arguing. “I told her I love her, and if I couldn’t have her, no one could. She told me she loved me but things weren’t the same. I kissed her on the forehead and pushed her off me and shot her in the chest. And then she fell to the ground, and I shot her again toward her head. “Shontai got out and helped me drag her into the bushes. We left. Sanjay dropped us off into the soft sands. When he returned, we got James Shealey[‘s] car and got some gas and went back where I left her. When we got there, she was standing up, and she got in the car and sat besides me. I was scared. “Sanjay rode from Bibb Town to Reeltown looking for a place to set her on fire and bury her. I asked her what would she say if I took her to the hospital. She say, `I’m going to say Corey shot me.’ We returned back to Bibb Town, and Sanjay drop us offdropped us off. He told us to go ahead and finish her and he’ll be back. “We put a trash bag over her face until she died. I poured the gas on her, and Shontai lit the lighter. Sanjay never returned. “We left there and walked back to my house. Shontai spent the night. The next [day] he left and I never saw him again.”
Corey Smith codefendants, Sanjay Brooks and Shontai Smith, Smith’s cousins, pleaded guilty to murder and to kidnapping and received life sentences in exchange for *510 their trial testimony against Smith. Brooks was sentenced to concurrent life sentences on each count and Shontai Smith was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences. Both codefendants testified at trial and corroborated Smith’s statement. Shontai Smith further testified, concerning setting Brooks’s body on fire, that after he and Smith poured gasoline on Brooks and ignited her, the fire got out of control; to stop it they threw sand on Brooks’s body. The two then placed her body in a piece of carpet that had been left in the dump area and rolled her body in the carpet.
Two other witnesses testified that on the day of the murder Corey Smith told them that he had killed Kimberly. One witness, Larry Butler, testified that Smith told him that he had killed Kimberly and that he needed gasoline to dispose of her body.