Man convicted of killing Sarasota girl to be resentenced: report

Man charged with murder of 11-year-old Tampa Bay girl gets resentencing of death penalty due to new rule

The man who was sentenced to death for sexually assaulting and killing an 11-year-old Sarasota girl in 2004 will be resentenced, according to a newspaper report.

Joseph P. Smith, 51, had appealed the sentence in the wake of a state Supreme Court decision that requires unanimous votes for, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The jury had ruled 10-2 for Smith's death. 

For more, read the Herald-Tribune's report.

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