Girl's Murderer Convicted
A jury found Joseph Smith guilty of murder, kidnapping and sexual battery in a Sarasota, Fla. courtroom on November 17, 2005. Smith was convicted in the February 2004 abduction and murder of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia. His sentencing is scheduled for November 29.
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Feb 02, 2004
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Carlie was last seen walking along the parking lot of a car wash near her home.
Last updated November 17, 2005
Feb 06, 2004
Guilty On All Three Counts
On November 17, 2005, a Florida jury returned a guilty verdict on all three counts against Smith. Smith was convicted of murder, kidnapping and sexual battery and is scheduled for sentencing on November 29. One of the strongest pieces of evidence police had against Smith was surveillance video from a carwash, which captured the abduction on tape.
When Carlie Brucia was abducted from a carwash on February 1, 2004, cops had one solid lead--surveillance video of the actual abduction taking place. Though they were able to track down Carlie's abductor, Joseph P. Smith, based on the images caught by car wash cameras, they weren't able to find him fast enough. By the time they had him in custody, Carlie was already dead.
While in jail, cops say Smith confided in someone, telling them what he had done with Carlie's body. Based on that description, the confidant was able to lead police right to Carlie. On February 6, 2004, five days after the abduction, Carlie's body was found. She had been left in a church parking lot just two miles from the carwash. Cops charged Smith with Carlie's murder.