Execution date set for Mansfield man who raped, killed baby in 1998
Written by Linda Martz
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MANSFIELD — An execution date has been set for a Mansfield man who raped and killed his girlfriend’s 6-month-old daughter in 1998.
The Ohio Supreme Court ordered the sentence against Steven T. Smith carried out May 1, 2013, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.
Smith was convicted in 1999 of killing Autmn Carter, the daughter of his live-in girlfriend Kesha Frye, on Sept. 29, 1998, at their apartment on Harwood Drive. He was 31 at the time.
Prosecutors said Smith raped the baby, who died of trauma and compression asphyxia.
Authorities said the baby was found naked by her mother in bed next to her, with Smith, also naked, standing next to the bed.
When Frye screamed, “You killed my baby,” Smith denied doing anything.
Medics were called and the baby was pronounced dead at the scene.
Responding officers found a pair of men’s pants under the baby’s swing, the child’s pink sleeper under a coffee table and a shredded diaper on the floor, according to court testimony.
They found Smith, who was drunk and disorderly, outside the apartment.
Defense attorneys Robert Whitney and Bernie Davis argued that Smith was too intoxicated at the time of the offense to have purposefully killed the baby.
Smith’s was the first death penalty case in Richland County since Ken Davenport was convicted of killing a citizen during a Brinks truck roberry at Richland Bank in August 1990. Davenport was convicted but was spared the death penalty.
Now 44, Smith is incarcerated in the Ohio State Penitentiary.
Photo : The murderer Steven T. Smith
What a dirty face...
I hope that this POS will burn in Hell