Condemned Ohio Killer Asks for Mercy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Steven Smith asks that his life be spared because he intended to rape six-month-old child, but not kill her.

This undated photo released by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Steven Smith. Smith, a condemned Ohio killer is making an unusual plea for mercy ahead of his scheduled execution next month. Attorneys for Steven Smith tell the state parole board that while he intended to rape his girlfriend's 6-month-old daughter, Smith never intended to kill the girl. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections)

A condemned Ohio killer has made an unusual plea for mercy ahead of his scheduled execution next month.

Attorneys for Steven Smith argued Tuesday that while Smith intended to rape his girlfriend's 6-month-old daughter, he never intended to kill the girl.

Smith's attorneys say evidence shows the baby died because Smith was too drunk to realize his attack was killing the child.

Smith's attorneys say Ohio law is clear that a death sentence must involve an intent to kill the victim.

Prosecutors call the 1998 death of Autumn Carter the purposeful murder of a helpless baby girl.

Lawyers on both sides made their case Tuesday to the Ohio Parole Board in Columbus.

The 46-year-old Smith, of Mansfield, is scheduled to die May 1.


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