HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A man convicted of killing his estranged wife, her unborn baby and three different individuals six years in the past in north Alabama was sentenced to death Thursday after being convicted of a number of counts of capital homicide.

The sentence by Madison County Circuit Judge Chris Comer adopted a jury’s 11-1 vote to advocate death for Christopher Henderson, 46, who additionally may have been sentenced to life with out parole, news shops reported.

The decide had the selection as a result of Henderson was charged earlier than lawmakers took away the choice for judges to override the sentencing advice of jurors in capital instances.

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A jury in July convicted Henderson within the capturing and stabbing deaths of wife Kristin Smallwood; her unborn daughter; her 8-year-old son Clayton Chambers; her 1-year-old nephew Eli Sokolowski; and her mom, Carol Jean Smallwood.

Kristin Smallwood’s sister, Kelly Smallwood Sokolowski, advised the decide in regards to the lack of her sister and son, Eli.

“My daddy passed away in September of last year and I had a dream and my daddy was holding Eli in that dream. I know that I will see them again,” mentioned Sokolowski.

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Kristin Henderson’s brother, Keith Smallwood, mentioned the victims have been good individuals.

“These were people that were happy to be alive and part of a strong family that we all loved each other, so it’s been hard. But … we’ve been resolute because we know where they are and we know they’re smiling,” mentioned Smallwood.

Their our bodies have been present in a home that had been burned in August 2015 lower than per week after Kristen Smallwood filed for a court docket order to preserve Henderson away from the residence. Henderson had married one other lady, Rhonda Carlson, with out divorcing Smallwood.

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Carlson admitted to serving to plan the killings however denied taking part within the slayings. She averted a possible death penalty in a take care of prosecutors and offered testimony that helped lead to Henderson’s conviction.

Speaking in court docket, Christopher Henderson addressed the victims’ family and his personal.

“I’d like to give my deepest apologies to the family,” Henderson said. “This is an event that should’ve never happened. I’d also like to apologize to my mom and my daughter.”