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Day 2 of trial for man accused of firing assault rifle at Smith County deputies concludes

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) –

The trial for a Tyler man accused of firing an assault rifle at two Smith County deputies concluded its second day Wednesday.

Updates from first day of trial found here

Ricardo Martinez Pineda is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, after he allegedly fired at a deputy during a high-speed chase in March 2016.

On that night, deputies followed Juan Quiroga, Jeremy Robinson, and Ricardo Pineda for hours after an attempted traffic stop. As the vehicle fled, Pineda allegedly fired numerous shots out of the vehicle at the deputies.

The deputies had been watching the men for hours before the attempted stop due to suspected illegal drug activity.

On Wednesday, the crime scene investigator who was called for the March 2016 high-speed chase took the stand, answering questions about what was found at the

Read more at: http://www.kswo.com/story/37238281/day-2-of-trial-for-man-accused-of-firing-assault-rifle-at-smith-county-deputies-ricardo-martinez-pineda

Day 2 of trial for man accused of firing assault rifle at Smith – KSWO …

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) –

The trial for a Tyler man accused of firing an assault rifle at two Smith County deputies concluded its second day Wednesday.

Updates from first day of trial found here

Ricardo Martinez Pineda is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, after he allegedly fired at a deputy during a high-speed chase in March 2016.

On that night, deputies followed Juan Quiroga, Jeremy Robinson, and Ricardo Pineda for hours after an attempted traffic stop. As the vehicle fled, Pineda allegedly fired numerous shots out of the vehicle at the deputies.

The deputies had been watching the men for hours before the attempted stop due to suspected illegal drug activity.

On Wednesday, the crime scene investigator who was called for the March 2016 high-speed chase took the stand, answering questions about what was found at the

Read more at: http://www.kswo.com/story/37238281/day-2-of-trial-for-man-accused-of-firing-assault-rifle-at-smith-county-deputies-ricardo-martinez-pineda

Todd Smith’s defense focuses on Guy Gabriel domestic battery arrest – Freeport Journal

ROCKFORD — Defense attorneys who attempted to raise the possibility of alternative suspects and alternative explanations for evidence against Todd Smith rested today at his first-degree murder trial.

Closing arguments are expected to take place Wednesday morning. In a case that stretched over parts of three weeks, it is not known how long the jury of 10 men and two women will deliberate.

Smith pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and related charges in the October 2012 death of his wife, Katrina Smith, 30.

Here is a look at evidence the jury could consider.

Murder weapon: The bat prosecutors believe was used Oct. 22, 2012, to beat Katrina Smith to death was found with her blood on it in Todd Smith’s garage. A family friend testified that Todd Smith asked him in November 2012 to retrieve the bat. When told it was

Read more at: http://www.journalstandard.com/news/20170124/look-at-todd-smith-trial-evidence-as-jury-prepares-to-deliberate-wednesday

A look at the Todd Smith trial evidence as jury prepares to deliberate Wednesday

ROCKFORD — Defense attorneys who attempted to raise the possibility of alternative suspects and alternative explanations for evidence against Todd Smith rested today at his first-degree murder trial.

Closing arguments are expected to take place Wednesday morning. In a case that stretched over parts of three weeks, it is not known how long the jury of 10 men and two women will deliberate.

Smith pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and related charges in the October 2012 death of his wife, Katrina Smith, 30.

Here is a look at evidence the jury could consider.

Murder weapon: The bat prosecutors believe was used Oct. 22, 2012, to beat Katrina Smith to death was found with her blood on it in Todd Smith’s garage. A family friend testified that Todd Smith asked him in November 2012 to retrieve the bat. When told it was

Read more at: http://www.rrstar.com/news/20170124/look-at-todd-smith-trial-evidence-as-jury-prepares-to-deliberate-wednesday

Friend: Todd Smith ‘distraught’ after bloody bat taken by police

ROCKFORD — Todd Smith looked upset when a family friend told him a metal bat was missing from his garage.

It was late Nov. 19, 2012, and the body of Smith’s wife, Katrina Smith, had been found in the Rock River ten days earlier. Smith, along with his three daughters and his lifelong friend Drew Anderson, were in the house to retrieve some of her belongings. 

Smith asked Anderson, who testified today on the fourth day of testimony in his first-degree murder trial, to look in the far corner of the garage behind his Jeep Grand Cherokee. When Anderson told Smith nothing was there, Smith was distressed.

“I didn’t really know what I was looking for, so I asked and Todd asked ‘Is there a bat over there?’ I said no,” Anderson said. “I observed that he looked distraught.”

Last week, a

Read more at: http://www.rrstar.com/news/20170117/friend-todd-smith-distraught-after-bloody-bat-taken-by-police

Todd Smith Trial: Friday Testimony Focuses On Evidence

More witnesses testified for the prosecution in the trial of Todd Smith this Friday. Winnebago County Crime Scene Investigator Tim Speer took the stand. Speer detailed what was found in Katrina Smith’s car after it was found on Obispo Rd. in Machesney Park.

Speer said he used a blood testing chemical in the vehicle and found evidence of blood on the passenger seat and steering wheel. The blood at the time wasn’t visible to the eye, but Speer explained that the smoothness of the testing chemical shows that someone attempted to remove blood with a cleaning agent.

“In the front passenger area, the patterns are very smooth and appear to be an area where something was wiped. It goes all the way around the steering wheel, the top of the stick shift appears to have been wiped. The

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DAY 3: Testimony show shift in emotion in Todd Smith trial

On the third day of testimony in the Todd Smith murder trial, the focus shifted from Smith’s behavior during the search for then-missing person Katrina Smith to the search for evidence to show who killer her, and Smith’s reaction to it.

Former Crime Scene Investigator Daniel Liston testified about evidence found at Smith’s Machesney Park home, including bloody tissues and debris on Smith’s boots.

Liston discussed also going to the Latham Road Bridge where Katrina Smith’s car had been seen and was being investigated as the place where her body had been dumped into the Rock River.

But, the real highlight in testimony for the day happened when former Detective Vincent Lindberg took the stand.  During his interactions with Todd Smith, he described him as evasive and confrontational.

For example, Lindberg said Smith’s stories about

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Blood found in Katrina Smith’s car despite being wiped down

Updated: January 13, 2017

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — To the naked eye, Katrina Smith’s car appeared clean, but a closer look finds large amounts of blood in the trunk. The steering wheel, stick shift, and driver’s seat also had blood on them, and a long piece of hair was caught in a hinge on the trunk.

That testimony came on day three of the Todd Smith murder trial. He’s accused of killing his wife Katrina, in October 2012.

Crime Scene Investigator Tim Speer testified about the blood he found in Katrina’s car. He also says the car was wiped clean before it was left on the side of Obispo Ave. in Machesney Park.

Speer also testified Katrina’s purse was found about 500 feet from her car in a wooded area. Her cell phone was found in a bush in the 700 block

Read more at: http://www.wifr.com/content/news/Jury-selection-in-murder-trial-for-Todd-Smith-begins-410166405.html