Michael Allen Smith, Sr., 41, 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 Monday in Jackson City Court on a charge of second-degree murder.
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 the 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.
In 2001, Michael Smith was again arrested for assaulting Christy Smith, grabbing her arm and hitting her in the left eye, according to a Jackson police report.
Jackson City Court records show that Michael Smith was convicted of the crime and placed on probation. His sentence for 11 months and 29 days was suspended and he was ordered to attend domestic violence classes and do 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.