Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 8:22 pm EDT
Steven Long's execution has been halted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. His execution has been stayed to allow the court time to further examine his claims of mental incompetency. Previously, the court ruled that Steven was mentally competent, however, since that ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Texas' method for determining mental competency was invalid. In light of the that ruling, the Court of Appeals has agreed to reconsider Steven's competency. Steven's execution has been stayed pending further order of the court.
Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 11:51 am EDT
Steven Lynn Long's execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the Walls United of Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Steven was previously scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, before it was rescheduled. Forty-five-year-old Steven is convicting of raping and murdering 11-year-old Kaitlyn Briana Smith on May 21, 2005, in Dallas, Texas. Steven has spent the last 11 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
According to testimony at his trial, Steven’s mother, by her own admission, neglected her children. She would frequently take them to bars and leave them sitting in the car. She also threatened to take and leave them in an orphanage if they misbehaved. Steven was arrested several times a child, misbehaved at school, and suffered from anxiety attacks. As he grew older, his attacks became more violent; once threatening his mother with a knife and physically assaulting his daughter. While serving time for attempted murder, Steven alleges he was sexually abused by another inmate. Prior to his arrest, Steven worked on refrigerators.
On May 20, 2005, 11-year-old Kaitlyn Smith went over to her neighbor’s house to spend the night. The following morning, it was discovered that she was missing. Following that discovery, a search of the neighborhood commenced. Kaitlyn’s grandfather noticed the skirting around a vacant home had been disturbed. Upon further investigation, he found Kaitlyn’s body beneath the house.
A bloody fingerprint was found near her body. The fingerprint matched that of Steven Long, who had also been staying the night in the same house as Kaitlyn. An autopsy revealed that Kaitlyn had been violently sexually assaulted for a prolonged period of time. Long confessed to killing and raping Kaitlyn shortly after police arrested him.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Kaitlyn Smith. Please pray for strength for the family of Steven. Please pray that if Steven is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason that evidence will be provided prior to his execution. Please pray that Steven will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.