Man accused of killing teen 14 years ago won't face death

October 22, 2010 2:16:28 PM PDT
The death penalty has been taken off the table in the case of a man accused of kidnapping and killing a teenage girl 14 years ago. The Chambers County District Attorney says she agreed not to seek the death penalty against Kevin Edison Smith in exchange for a confession.

Smith was arrested last month after authorities linked DNA evidence from a recent drug possession arrest to the murder of 13-year-old Krystal Jean Baker. Baker disappeared after leaving her grandmother's home in March of 1996. Her body was later found under a bridge in Chambers County.