A 41-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison plus ten years in a Fulton County courtroom Friday for the execution-style murder of his wife in a Delowe Drive apartment in 2010.
According to a news release from the office of Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, jurors convicted Smith of two counts of felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for the shooting death of his wife Demetria Smith, 47.
Mrs. Smith was shot execution-style in the back of the head on the night of May 25, 2010, at the couple’s home at the at 1991 Delowe Drive.
At the time of her death, the victim’s hands were bound and a sock was placed in her mouth, according to the statement from Howard's office. After killing his wife, the defendant tripped his house alarm in hopes that police responding to the scene would discover his wife’s body. Mr. Smith went to his teenage daughter’s home in the interim and asked the girl to vouch for his whereabouts should someone ask.
The two drove back to the couple’s home the next morning, according to the nwes release. During the drive, Smith told his daughter to discard the bloody clothes he was wearing the night before out of the window. Once they arrived at his home, Smith pretended to ‘discover’ his wife’s body and then called police.
Under further questioning by police, the teenager admitted that her father had asked her to lie for him and to throw out his clothes. Police were able to recover the clothing which further testing revealed did have the victim’s blood on them as well as gun powder residue. Friends of the victim testified at trial the woman was planning to leave her husband the very next day.