Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods
The Abduction of Carlie Brucia
Opening Statements
Opening Statements
Prosecutor Debra Johnes Riva described Smith's alleged abduction of Carlie, shown here in a family photo, to jurors during opening statements. "There, 20 feet in front of her, was a man. That man would walk toward her, he would grab her arm and he would pull her into his car," Riva said. "Ultimately he would sexually batter her and kill her. That man sits 20 feet in front of you today. He is the defendant, Joseph Smith."
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