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Mercy For Killer Who Says He Didnít Mean To?
The Christian Diarist ^ | April 3, 2013 | JP

Posted on 04/03/2013 10:17:28 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Autumn Carter, a Mansfield, Ohio girl, was raped and killed in 1998. She was six-months old (that’s right).

Her convicted killer, Steven Smith, has a May 1 date with the executioner. Yesterday, he appeared before the Ohio Parole Board, where he pleaded for mercy.

Smith, 31 years old at the time he took baby Autumn’s life, has not repented his evil. He says his life should be spared because he really didn’t mean to kill the infant. He just wanted to have sex with her.

The convicted killer’s public defenders, Joseph Wilhelm and Tyson Fleming, had his back yesterday at his clemency hearing. They argued that, under Ohio law, a death sentence requires intent to kill the victim.

“The evidence suggests that Autumn’s death was a horrible accident,” Mssrs. Wilhelm and Fleming asserted. “Despite the shocking nature of this crime, Steve’s death sentence should be commuted because genuine doubts exist whether he even committed a capital offense.”

Accident? I don’t think so. Under Satanic influence? No doubt.

Baby Autumn was no random victim (not that it makes any difference). She was the daughter of Smith’s girlfriend (that’s right), Kesha Frye. When mom didn’t have sex with him on the night of his crime – probably because Smith was wasted on beer – he took revenge on her by sexually assaulting her baby girl.

At Smith’s trial, prosecutors presented evidence that his sexual assault lasted as long as 30 minutes.

“Expert” witnesses who testified in the killer’s defense suggested that Baby Autumn probably didn’t suffer the entire 30 minutes; that Smith accidentally suffocated the six-month old within three to five minutes while he lay on top of her.

“Steve is basically a decent person,” Wilhelm, his public defender, told the Ohio Parole Board yesterday. The convicted killer “got into trouble because of his alcohol dependence,” he added.

The Parole Board, which will issue its recommendation on Smith’s clemency petition to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has the final say on whether Smith dies or lives, wasn’t too sympathetic to the killer.

“Here’s what I take issue with,” said board member Kathleen Kovach, “People say Mr. Smith cared for Autumn and he took great care of her. No, he didn’t.”

As a Christ follower, I don’t believe anyone is beyond redemption. Not even someone, like Smith, who has committed a most unspeakable crime.

But there is no redemption, no salvation for unrepentant sinners, like Smith, the child molester, the baby killer.

He deserves what’s coming to him May 1.


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: clemency; deathpenalty; deathrow; ohioparoleboard; stevensmith
There are convicted killers who have come to repentance, who deserve to have their death sentences reduced to life in prison. Smith isn't one of those.
1 posted on 04/03/2013 10:17:28 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Too bad.

In a few years, sex with infants, family members, animals, and even farm tractors, will be perfectly legal.


2 posted on 04/03/2013 10:18:54 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

If I had a child and someone did this to him or her, all I’ll say is may God have mercy on him. Because I will not.


3 posted on 04/03/2013 10:20:09 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Trash like this just needs to be incarcerated with the general prison population while the guard staff takes a pre-announced break.

Its up to the state to send trash like this to meet their maker. Its up to God to sort them out.

4 posted on 04/03/2013 10:21:22 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
He deserves what’s coming to him May 1.

He deserved it 15 years ago.

5 posted on 04/03/2013 10:26:12 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Commute his sentence to life, and put him in General Population.

Problem Solved.


6 posted on 04/03/2013 10:26:55 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Oh dear GOD! This man is disgusting and should’ve been killed in prison!

He was upset his girlfriend wouldn’t have sex with him so he exacted revenge by sexually assaulting her 6 month old daughter for up to 30 minutes?!?!

I’ve been completely blasted on booze before. I’ve done some incredibly stupid things. But never in my entire life under the influence of any amount of booze, have I EVER entertained the idea of sexually assaulting anyone or anything, let alone an infant!

This man is beyond redemption.


7 posted on 04/03/2013 10:28:04 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

The Commandment “Thou shalt not kill” seriously needs some rational justice thought.


8 posted on 04/03/2013 10:28:37 AM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
“Steve is basically a decent person,” Wilhelm, his public defender,

They forgot to say he was turning his life around, he was an aspiring rapper, yada, yada, yada.

9 posted on 04/03/2013 10:31:23 AM PDT by Mark17 (My body is in California, but my heart is in the Philippines)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
There are convicted killers who have come to repentance, who deserve to have their death sentences reduced to life in prison.

I disagree. If someone come to repentence and puts their faith in Christ after committing a capital offense, then I believe that the Lord is merciful and forgiving. The Lord will prepare them a place in eternal life for them to worship him.

However, the blood that washes away all sin doesn't erase the past in this life. In the words of Everett from O Brother, Where art thou?:

"Even if that did put you square with the Lord, the State of Mississippi's a little more hard-nosed."

I believe if you are sentenced to death due to irrefutable evidence for a capital offense, then you need to die at the hands of the State in order for justice to be served.

10 posted on 04/03/2013 10:41:06 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (www.wilsonharpbooks.com - New Robin Hood book out!)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

If this guy was truly repentant, he would follow Wesley Allen Dodd’s example. There can be no doubt that Dodd was truly repentant.


11 posted on 04/03/2013 10:45:45 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

Absolutely.

The “Good thief’ still ended up being executed for his crimes, although that very day he go to be with Jesus in paradise.

When somebody tries to escape punishment because they say God has forgiven them, I am suspicious. A truly repentant person would understand the harm they committed and would forward to heaven.

I hope I don’t come across as “harsh”. It’s just my opinion.


12 posted on 04/03/2013 10:46:40 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

That is exactly what Wesley Allen Dodd willingly and proactively did.


13 posted on 04/03/2013 10:48:13 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: OldNavyVet
It's not actually translated “Thou shalt not kill”, it's more like “Thou shalt not commit murder.” God is always the same... and He wouldn't have Israel “kill” their enemies and then turn around and say don't “kill” anybody.
14 posted on 04/03/2013 10:54:12 AM PDT by bellwether_blues (Anyone know where I can buy a cheap tagline?)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Repentance makes one right with God, but it does not remove the civil penalty for the crime. Repentant or not (and I doubt that he is), a person convicted of a crime must still pay the penalty meted out by the justice system. God will deal with their eternal destination.


15 posted on 04/03/2013 10:55:32 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: OldNavyVet

The proper translation is “murder”, not “kill”. The state wields the power of the sword and should definitely use it in this case.


16 posted on 04/03/2013 10:56:40 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
I don't think there's enough alcohol that cause 99.9% of the lowest of men to do such a vile act.
17 posted on 04/03/2013 11:03:18 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
“Steve is basically a decent person,” Wilhelm, his public defender, told the Ohio Parole Board yesterday.

I believe that at this point I would have asked for an example of someone who is not a "decent person" so I could tell the difference.

18 posted on 04/03/2013 11:17:40 AM PDT by Sloth (Rather than a lesser Evil, I voted for Goode.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

If this had been my child, the death penalty would already have been applied. Slowly and painfully.....


19 posted on 04/03/2013 11:21:26 AM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Sloth

Liberals always tell us death penalty is not a deterrent. Then why do every last one of these dirt bags do everything in their power to get out of it?


20 posted on 04/03/2013 11:22:20 AM PDT by Phillyred
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

“Steve is basically a decent person,” Wilhelm, his public defender, told the Ohio Parole Board yesterday”

The standard for criminals today...aren’t they always!


21 posted on 04/03/2013 11:24:25 AM PDT by caww
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To: Phillyred

Execution has a 0% Recidivism rate.


22 posted on 04/03/2013 11:26:56 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I’m with you.


23 posted on 04/03/2013 11:26:59 AM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Westbrook

“Steve is basically a decent person,”

Well God will make that decision on May 1st about a minute after Steve takes his last breath.


24 posted on 04/03/2013 11:35:27 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Westbrook

This clown will hopefully get his on May 1. Equating what he did with using farm tractors? While ill-advised, I’m not sure why it should be any more illegal than using any number of non-human devices. I don’t think you’ve gone from bad to horrific. You’re saying, “If they let this guy go, they’ll EVEN let people use TRACTORS.” Ummm okay.


25 posted on 04/03/2013 11:45:37 AM PDT by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Well, OK, I’m willing to compromise. We don’t execute him for murdering an infant. We execute him for raping her.


26 posted on 04/03/2013 11:49:08 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST; Anitius Severinus Boethius; Georgia Girl 2; Billthedrill
There are convicted killers who have come to repentance, who deserve to have their death sentences reduced to life in prison

I think the repentant thief, his cross adjacent to Christ is the model. To wit:

"You are the Christ!"
"Today you will be with me in paradise..."

27 posted on 04/03/2013 12:05:40 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
I agree, he shouldn't be executed by the government. To quick and painless. For what he did, he really does need to suffer here, as a prelude to what he can expect after he dies.

I honestly don't consider myself a cruel man, but I can think of all sorts of disgusting things this guy needs to experience before his death.

Mark

28 posted on 04/03/2013 12:46:18 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: OldNavyVet
The Commandment “Thou shalt not kill” seriously needs some rational justice thought.

Technically, it's "Thou shalt not murder," big difference.

Mark

29 posted on 04/03/2013 12:48:08 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: clee1

I am not sure I could come up with a sufficiently agonizing death for such a person.


30 posted on 04/03/2013 12:55:17 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

In my opinion they can’t kill this guy fast enough.


31 posted on 04/03/2013 1:03:14 PM PDT by History Repeats (sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: MarkL
Technically, it's "Thou shalt not murder,"

Rewriting the Bible can't be tolerated, it's technical heresy.

32 posted on 04/03/2013 2:59:40 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Oh, I could. Guaranteed. He’d beg for death long before I’d be done with him.


33 posted on 04/03/2013 3:03:08 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: OldNavyVet
Rewriting the Bible can't be tolerated, it's technical heresy.

The word in Hebrew translates to "murder" in English: "Lo Tirzah," "Thou shall not commit murder." It's not an exact translation, but far more specific than just "kill." Mark

34 posted on 04/03/2013 3:58:25 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: OldNavyVet

That is NOT what the Commandment says.


35 posted on 04/03/2013 4:05:31 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

No. Freaking. Way.

My oldest was born in June of 1998. She would be about the same age as this little girl (if Mom hadn’t decided her sex life was more important than her own child). My daughter has had the opportunity to do so much more than this child ever got the chance to. My daughter is getting ready for high school, plays in the band, and is just so much fun to be around. I wonder if the mom of this poor baby thinks the sex was worth it now...


36 posted on 04/03/2013 4:08:37 PM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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