Friday, March 21, 2008

Husband sentenced for murdering wife of 28 years and staging a robbery

Husband sentenced for murdering wife of 28 years and staging a robbery

March 21, 2008

A husband was sentenced today to 25 years to life for murdering his wife by beating her with a metal fireplace tool and ransacking his own house to make the crime scene look like a burglary. Marvin Vernis Smith, 71, was convicted December 17, 2007 of one felony count of murder for the death of Minnie Smith.

In the early morning of December 15, 2005, Smith executed a plan to murder his 66-year-old wife Minnie and stage it to look like a burglary. At approximately 6:30 p.m., Smith returned home and called 9-1-1 to report a burglary.
On December 22, 2005, officers took Smith back to his home to walk through and determine which items had been "stolen." The following day, on December 23, 2005, police searched one of Smith's Los Angeles properties while Smith was not present. When officers opened the trunk of one of Smith's cars, they found a jewelry box hidden under a jacket containing the two medallions that Smith had described. Approximately 30 minutes later Smith arrived at the property and was arrested for murdering his wife.

Minnie, who had worked as a security executive for an international defense contractor, retired in 2003 to spend more time at church and with her grandchildren.


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