Lemuel Smith | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers. Smith is a serial killer that raped, robbed, and mutilated his victims. His last victim was prison guard, Donna Payont, whom, after the murder, was placed inside the prison dumpster
Corrections Officer Donna Payant was attacked and strangled by an inmate at the Green Haven Correctional Facility. The inmate was serving three consecutive life sentences for kidnapping and murdering two women.
ALBANY — Lemuel Smith, the imprisoned-for-life serial killer and rapist once described by an Albany judge as the "poster boy for capital punishment," won a minor court battle this week. Smith's victory came after he challenged a ruling by the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision that found him guilty of "violating certain prison disciplinary rules," according to a decision issued Thursday by the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court.
Donna Payant née Collins (March 22, 1950 – May 15, 1981) was a New York state corrections officer who was murdered while on duty at Green Haven Correctional Facility. Donna Payant attended the corrections officers' academy in 1980, and had only worked at Greenhaven for about a month at the time of her murder. Investigation revealed that Payant had been killed by inmate Lemuel Smith, a rapist and two-time convicted murderer.