Michael Allen Smith, Sr., 41, appeared briefly Thursday afternoon before Jackson City Court Judge Blake Anderson when it was announced that Smith was waiving his rights to a preliminary hearing on a charge of second-degree murder. Smith remains in jail on a $500,000 bond.
According to Tennessee Code Annotated 39-13-210, second-degree murder is defined as "the knowing killing of another." It is a Class A felony.
Michael Smith was arrested for killing his wife, 36-year-old Christy Smith, on Aug. 9 at their home, which is located at 4 Holly Ridge Cove. He was arraigned via video link on Aug. 12 and during his arraignment, asked to be sent to Pathways for a mental evaluation. The judge ordered the evaluation be done. There was no mention during court Thursday of what the results of the evaluation were.
According to Jackson police and an affidavit of complaint, around 10:10 p.m. Aug. 9, officers of the Jackson Police Department responded to Michael and Christy Smith’s home on Holly Ridge Cove after receiving a call about a shooting. Christy Smith was found laying unresponsive in the hallway and a large pool of blood was coming from her head.
The assistant county corner arrived on the scene and pronounced Christy Smith deceased. He also said the wound on Christy Smith’s nose was consistent with a close contact gunshot wound and that a wound on her forehead was consistent with blunt force trauma.
The affidavit also said Betty Link, Christy Smith’s mother, said she received a phone call from Michael Smith. Link said Michael Smith told her that he had just killed her daughter Christy Smith and wanted her to get the couple’s children.
Police said they developed information that Michael Smith worked at SAIA Motor Freight Line, located at 400 Industrial Drive in Jackson. Officers searched the area and found Smith's truck abandoned on the property. Police contacted personnel with the company and asked them to respond. SAIA personnel arrived and opened the door upon police request.
Officers searched the building and around 1:15 a.m. Aug. 10, a police dog found Smith hiding in a bathroom. Smith was taken into custody without further incident.
The affidavit said during an interview with an investigator, Michael Smith admitted that during an argument with his wife, he fired his .40 caliber pistol one time from a close distance at her and left the house when she fell to the floor.
Court records from the city and the county shows the Smiths had a history of domestic violence.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, call 911 or the Jackson Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit at 731-425-8400. To get help after the violence, call the Wo/Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP) at 1-800-273-8712. or visit www.wraptn.org.