Brittany Smith Biography – Brittany Smith Wiki
Brittany Smith is An Alabama mother whose case drew national attention has plead guilty to murdering a man accused of raping her.
Brittany Smith pleaded guilty Oct. 9 to killing Todd Smith, “an acquaintance,” at her Stevenson home in January 2018, according to AL.com. The 32-year-old mother of four had previously claimed she acted in self-defense after he raped and strangled her, the outlet continued.
Smith was sentenced to 20 years, with 18 months of service in the Jackson County Jail, followed by 18 months of house arrest and then probation, AL.com reported.
Smith had been awaiting trial in her murder case scheduled for the next month, the outlet continued.
“In any case, you have to weigh what you know and can control with what you can’t,” defense attorney Ron Smith told AL.com. “We have no control over a jury or a judge who would sentence her.”
During a Stand Your Ground hearing earlier this year, Brittany Smith claimed that she acted in defense of herself and her brother, Chris McCallie, AL.com revealed.
Brittany Smith had bought Todd Smith a puppy on January 14, 2018, the Jackson County Sentinel added.
She and her brother picked up Todd Smith the next day after he requested a ride from Tennessee, the newspaper said. McCallie dropped the two of them at her sister’s house, where Brittany Smith said Todd Smith raped her.
“She testified that when her brother approached Todd about the rape, the men fought,” Al.com said. “She told a judge that she fatally shot Todd while he was holding his brother in a key and threatening to kill them all.”
Smith initially requested immunity from prosecution under Alabama’s self-defense law, but was denied after a judge ruled the murder was not legally justified, AL.com said.
Smith’s attorneys unsuccessfully tried to convince the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and the state Supreme Court to overturn Judge Stand Your Ground’s decision, as well as pressuring to remove the judge from the case, the outlet continued.
Smith’s bail for her murder charge was revoked after she was arrested on an unrelated arson charge this year, the Jackson County Sentinel reported.
On Sept. 18, the mother was arrested for a felony arson in the second degree, according to the outlet and jail records from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
“Smith allegedly set fire to two locations inside a mobile home at 64 Bolivar Street in Stevenson on September 17,” the Sentinel said. “There was minor damage inside the residence, according to reports.”
The woman had been out of jail since April 2018 on a $ 100,000 bond, the newspaper continued.
Should she be found guilty of her arson charge, Smith’s sentence will coincide with the sentence in her murder case, Al.com added.