A Florida prosecutor says a former auto mechanic should be put to death for the abduction, rape and murder of an eleven-year-old girl.
In her opening statement in the sentencing phase of Joseph Smith's trial in Sarasota, prosecutor Debra Riva says Smith killed Carlie Brucia (BROO'-shee-ah) because he wanted "to eliminate Carlie as a witness." She went on to tell the jury that he "did not have to kill the girl."
His lawyer called on jurors to spare Smith's life.
Carolyn DaSilva says defense witnesses will testify about Smith's "good qualities" even as he failed to control his drug addiction.
Brucia's murder drew worldwide attention after a car-wash surveillance videotape showing her abduction in February of 2004,
was released to the news media.