Kentucky inmate dies after spending 54 years behind bars for 1960 murder conviction

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — A Kentucky prison inmate has died behind bars after serving 54 years for a 1960 murder conviction in the shooting death of a store clerk.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb told WRDB-TV ( that William Gaines Smith died last month at University Hospital in Louisville.

The station reports he was among the longest-serving inmates in the state when he died at age 76.

He was convicted of killing 62-year-old Olin Alexander, a liquor store clerk in Lexington.

Information from: WDRB-TV,

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