The man accused of abducting, raping and strangling Carlie Brucia told his mother, brother and a friend in taped conversations from jail that he was high on drugs during the crime and that the 11-year-old girl's death was an accident.
Prosecutors played the taped conversations for jurors yesterday as they wrapped up their case against Joseph Smith.
In one taped conversation, Joseph Smith told his brother, John, that he felt "good" after making a confession and an act of contrition to a priest.
Smith is heard saying, "I confessed to everything, murder, all types of stuff."
In another taped conversation, John Smith suggested in a jailhouse meeting with his brother that they communicate using a code.
An FBI code breaker testified for prosecutors yesterday that Joseph Smith told his brother in a letter encrypted in code that he had dumped Carlie's clothes and backpack in four trash bins and had dragged her body to where it was found at a church property more than four days after she disappeared.