Condemned Ohio man who sexually assaulted baby says he didn’t intend to kill 6-month-old girl

COLUMBUS, Ohio –  A condemned Ohio killer  is making an unusual plea for mercy ahead of his scheduled execution next  month.

Attorneys for Steven Smith are arguing that while Smith intended to sexually  assault his girlfriend’s 6-month-old daughter, he never intended to kill the  girl.

Smith’s attorneys say evidence shows the baby died because Smith was too  drunk to realize his sexual assault was killing the child.

Smith’s attorneys say Ohio law is clear that a death sentence must involve an  intent to kill the victim.

Prosecutors call the 1998 death of Autumn Carter the purposeful murder of a  helpless baby girl.

Lawyers on both sides planned to make their case Tuesday to the Ohio Parole  Board in Columbus.

The 46-year-old Smith, of Mansfield, is scheduled to die May 1.

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