Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon for 35-year-old Christy Lynn Smith, of Jackson. According to an affidavit of complaint, her husband, 41-year-old Michael Smith, admitted to fatally shooting her during an argument last week.
Law enforcement reports and court records show the Smiths have a history of domestic violence.
Michael Allen Smith, Sr. was arrested in the early morning hours of Aug. 10 for killing his wife on Aug. 9 inside their home, which is located at 4 Holly Ridge Cove. He was arraigned Monday in Jackson City Court on a charge of second-degree murder.
According to her obituary, Christy Smith was born in Jackson and was a homemaker. She is survived by her her son, Michael Smith, Jr. of Jackson; her daughter, Alexis Smith of Jackson; her mother, Betty Link and husband John of Denmark; her brothers, Sam Link, Jeramy Link and Cordarus Link, all of Jackson, and her sister, Donna Smith, of Denmark.
Christ Smith's funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home, located at 403 E. Baltimore St in Jackson, with Brother Joe David Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit with the family from noon to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
During his arraignment Monday morning, Michael Smith told Judge Blake Anderson that he had no other cases pending and that he was not on probation. He said he has been arrested before but not in recent years. He also said he did not have a drug or alcohol problem, but did want to go to Pathways for a mental evaluation.
The prosecutor said Michael Smith is a convicted felon from a 1999 incident.
Anderson set Michael Smith’s bond at $500,000 and ordered a forensic evaluation be done on Michael Smith.
Because it is unknown when the evaluation will be done or how long it will take, a preliminary hearing was not scheduled.
Following Monday's arraignment, Michael Smith’s sister Louise Smith, said her brother and Christy had been married for 16 years and had two teenagers. Louise Smith and Michael Smith’s niece LaKisha Smith said they were in shock about the crime.
“We’re in shock and disbelief,” LaKisha Smith said outside the courthouse Monday. “It’s hard. It’s real hard to believe.”
LaKisha Smith also offered her condolences to Christy Smith’s family.
“We’re sorry for their loss,” LaKisha Smith said. “It’s really hard on both sides of the family.”
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.
According to police reports and court documents, this is not the first time a domestic dispute involving the Smiths has been reported.
In April 1996, Michael Smith told JPD that he was sprayed with Mace or some other chemical agent by Christy Smith. Capt. Tyreece Miller said Michael Smith declined to file charges, so details of the incident are not available.
Two months later, Michael Smith was arrested and charged with domestic assault and especially aggravated assault, according to court documents from the Madison County General Sessions Court Clerk’s office.
According to the affidavit of complaint in the case, on June 26, 1996, Madison County deputies were dispatched to Riverside Drive on a report of a 911 call of a domestic assault in progress. When deputies arrived, witnesses on the scene told deputies that the people involved had left the scene heading towards Jackson. Contact was made with the couple on Taft Alley and Williams Street.
The affidavit said Christy Smith told deputies she was assaulted by Michael Smith and that he threw her 7-week old child at her.
Jackson police made contact with Michael Smith on Airways Boulevard and waited on deputies to arrive. Once on the scene, deputies arrested Michael Smith and he was charged.
The affidavit revealed Michael Smith pleaded guilty to child abuse (which was classified as a misdemeanor) on June 27, 1996. He was ordered to pay a fine of $100 and his 11 month and 29 days in jail was suspended.
Michael Smith was also ordered by the judge to stay away from Christy Smith and the child until arrangements could be made. The affidavit did not specify what kind of arrangements.
On Jan. 7, 2001, Michael Smith was arrested for assaulting Christy Smith, grabbing her arm and hitting her in the left eye, according to a Jackson police report.
The report said an officer was dispatched around 10:30 a.m. to 4 Holly Ridge Cove for an assault. When the officer arrived, he spoke with a white female who was identified as Christy Smith. Smith told the officer that her husband and his niece were about to leave when the niece began to “mouth off” to Christy Smith. The woman said she told her niece “to wait a minute, you are still a child and you are in my house. You’re not going to talk to me like that in my house.”
Christy Smith told the officers it was at that time that Michael Smith grabbed her arm and hit her in the left eye. The officer said in his report that he saw a red area on her eye. Christy Smith also said her husband grabbed or hit her left wrist, which also had a red mark on it, and her forearm was also red.
Christy Smith said she did not want her husband arrested and that she only wanted her house keys back. The report said the officer explained warrant procedures to her and offered to take her to a safe location. But, Christy Smith again said she only wanted her keys back and told the officer she could not give a physical description of Michael Smith.
The report said about 45 minutes later, the officer spoke to the niece, Angela Smith, at her residence on South Hayes Avenue. She told the officer that while at her uncle’s home, her and Christy Smith were arguing about Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. She said Christy Smith made threats to hit her so she asked her uncle to take her home.
The niece said Christy Smith then started an argument with Michael Smith and that as they continued to argue, Christy Smith hit Michael Smith approximately three times before he hit her back. Afterwards, Angela Smith and Michael Smith left the Holly Ridge Cove home.
Michael Smith was arrested on Lexington Avenue and transported to JPD for booking for simple domestic assault. He was convicted of the crime and placed on probation on Jan. 11, 2001. His sentence for 11 months and 29 days was suspended and he was ordered to attend domestic violence classes and do 24 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay $38.75.
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.