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Murderer of Carlie Brucia deserves death penalty

Joseph Smith, the man who killed Carlie Brucia on 1 Feb 2004, today said “I want to tell you, and Carlie’s family, and my family, and this community, how very sorry I am for these terrible crimes. Every day I think about what I did, and I beg God for forgiveness”. He went on to say “Judge Owens, I want you to know I take full responsibility. I don’t know how it happened. I’m not trying to make excuses for what happened, but I really don’t remember much of what happened after 4 p.m. that day,” Smith said.

Where do I begin. First of all, he has not taken full responsibility. He killed Carlie on 1 February 2004 and today was the first time he has said he’s sorry or admitted what he did. Interesting that he does that just prior to the sentencing for his crime. When given the chance to turn himself in and “take full responsibility” when police, family members, and volunteers were still searching for Carlie, he chose to do nothing. Once his image was seen on the chilling video tape showing his abduction of Carlie, he was interrogated by police. He could have confessed at that time and “taken full responsibility”, he chose to not cooperate with police investigators. He could have plead “guilty” during his arraignment yet he allowed his lawyers to plead “not guilty” on his behalf. He did not admit guilt for more than two years, stringing along a judge, the jury, and Carlie’s family all the while. Yet he now says he “takes full responsibility”. Too late for that.

His brother said he confessed to him in a conversation at the jail and in a telephone conversation he had with him on the night Carlie’s body was discovered. “He said he had rough sex with her, and strangled her”. A corrections officer also overheard Joseph Smith tell his brother where to find Carlie’s body. Searchers had been called to the church after John Smith told investigators his brother had told him where to find the body. Yet today he says “I really don’t remember much of what happened after 4 p.m. that day”.

He not only killed a human being, he has tried to “work the system” for the last two years hoping for a O.J. Simpson style acquittal. He needs to be put to death, now. But as we will see, he will be given the death penalty and will work the appeal process for the next 15-20 years before he finally pays for his crime. He, like other guilty people on death row, need to be executed within 30 days of a death sentence. Instead he’ll live for many more years while Carlie’s family and friends struggle with her murder.

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February 14, 2006 - Posted by | Current Events

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