Milestones Feb. 16, 2004

CHARGED. JOSEPH SMITH, 37, auto mechanic; with the abduction and first-degree murder of Carlie Brucia, 11; in Sarasota, Fla. Brucia's body was found in a church parking lot four days after a security camera recorded her kidnapping at a nearby car wash.

ACQUITTED. ABDELGHANI MZOUDI, 31, Moroccan electrical-engineering student and the second suspect to stand trial for helping the Sept. 11 suicide hijackers; of charges of accessory to murder and membership in al-Qaeda; in Hamburg, Germany. Mzoudi's former roommate was convicted of the same charges last year, but German prosecutors attributed their failure in this case to Washington's refusal to...

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