TALLAHASSEE — A Florida man on death row for kidnapping, raping and killing 11-year-old Carlie Brucia in a case that captured the nation's attention will get a new sentencing hearing.
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a hearing for Joseph Smith because the jury that recommended the death sentence in March 2006 wasn't unanimous.
The case received national publicity after a surveillance camera captured images of Smith taking Carlie away.
Smith is seen on video snatching the girl on Feb. 1, 2004. Four nights later, her body was found on the grounds of a nearby church.
Smith, 39 at the time of his sentencing, was an unemployed auto mechanic and convicted drug abuser. He had a long record, had recently violated probation, but was released. That outraged the public and politicians.
Then-U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris filed a bill called "Carlie's Law" to get tougher on criminals who violate federal probation.
While that failed, then-Gov. Charlie Crist signed a similar bill into law in 2006. The so-called "anti-murder" act was inspired by Carlie and other child victims.