Ala. inmate set to be executed for son's slaying

October 23, 2011 - 9:35 AM

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama prison inmate is scheduled to be executed Thursday for beating and suffocating his infant son to death.

Christopher Johnson has refused to pursue any appeals in an attempt to stop the execution. The 38-year-old Johnson filed court papers in May saying he didn't want anyone to go to court on his behalf. He is set to die by injection at 6 p.m.

Johnson was convicted of killing his 6-month-old son, Elias Ocean Johnson, at the family's home in Atmore in February 2005.

Johnson represented himself during part of his trial and testified that he hit and suffocated his son because he hated his wife and didn't want to be near her. The wife, Dana Johnson, now lives in Arizona and is not expected to attend the execution.