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Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 9:36 am | Updated: 10:14 am, Wed Feb 5, 2014.

SARASOTA, Fla. - The man convicted of killing 11-year-old Carlie Brucia in 2004 is appealing his death sentence to Florida's Supreme Court. 

Joseph Smith was found guilty of the 2004 kidnapping, sexual battery and murder of the young girl in Sarasota County.  Smith's attorney claims a number of errors in his trial led to his death sentence. 

Florida's Supreme Court judges will hear the argument Wednesday.  Smith's appeal requests a new trial or penalty phase.

This is the second appeal for Smith, who is currently on death row in a Tallahassee prison.

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  • MsRight posted at 4:49 pm on Wed, Feb 5, 2014.

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    Errors in the trial aren't what lead to his death sentence; his brutal killing of a child is what lead him to that. He needs to accept that he has been dealt a much lighter sentence than what he actually deserves. Frankly, he's been alive 10 years longer than he should have been.