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Husband Convicted of Execution-Style Murder of Wife on Delowe Drive

Orlando Smith, 41, was sentenced to life in prison plus ten years by presiding Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter.

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.

Deacon Robert W. Henry October 25, 2011 at 06:41 PM
This has to be a movie this guy seen on TV. Its a movie he did not watch closely, you never tell anybody anything; and trying to stage a murder, he had to clue that his face was in the place when he triped his alarm. He fail to understand that you can't get away with murder!
Deacon Robert W. Henry October 25, 2011 at 06:41 PM
This has to be a movie this guy seen on TV. Its a movie he did not watch closely, you never tell anybody anything; and trying to stage a murder, he had to clue that his face was in the place when he triped his alarm. He fail to understand that you can't get away with murder!
Euleen Josiah-Tanner October 25, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Great info
Kimathi Lewis October 26, 2011 at 01:57 PM
This month is Domestic Violence Month has many states commemorate the lives of men and women killed by their spouses or significant other.
Cassandra October 27, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Very sad story to hear that she was just a day from being free, and then he does this. Ladies...and gentlemen, if you are in a abusive relationship, and you want to get out of it. The best thing to do is to plan an escape, and tell absolutely no one....I did eleven years ago.
A. Francis October 27, 2011 at 05:09 PM
The first step for women (or men) to protect themselves from the risk of such horrible endings is to be wise in the selection of a mate. Ladies, don't be attracted by his car with the fancy wheels & chrome everywhere on the exterior. Look on the inside & I don't mean the interior of his car. Try to find out what's really in his heart & in his head. Does he have any meaningful plans for his life that extend beyond next weekend? Does he respect you & himself? Do you have similar values & long-term goals? Think seriously & be cautious before you act, as this could minimize regrets down the road.
rob9591 October 28, 2011 at 04:46 PM
How did they get 2 counts of felony murder with 1 person being killed? Can you kill someone twice.

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