Anita Smithey Convicted of Second Degree Murder
It’s a case that did not get much attention outside of the Florida. In or about April 2012 after George Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder for killing unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin, I began researching stand your ground cases in Florida. Smithey’s case was one of several that caught my attention, along with the cases of John Orr, and Trevor Dooley.
On May 4, 2010, Smithey shot and killed Robert Cline III, her estranged husband. She claimed that he was raping her after they had consensual sex, and cut her throat and stabbed her in the side. Smithey claimed that she shot Robert once in the chest. The medical examiner however, said that there were two entrance wounds.
Smithey gave detectives several versions of her story, and admitted to stabbing herself. She was denied immunity under Florida’s stand your ground statute and her case proceeded to trial. A name familiar to some, Judge Kenneth Lester, presided over the trial. Smithey did not take the witness stand in her defense.
Today, a jury of six, consisting of 4 women and 2 men deliberated less than three hours. They returned a verdict of guilty of second degree murder. Smithey, 46, collapsed in the courtroom and started sobbing when she heard the verdict. Judge Lester ordered Smithey to jail. Her sentencing is scheduled for February 2, 2015. Smithey faces 25 years to life in prison.
Rest in peace, Robert Cline III
In other news, Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who killed Michael Brown, is in negotiations to resign his position. Wilson says that if the grand jury returns an indictment, he might change his mind and not resign. To read more, click here.
Posted on 11/20/2014, in Conceal Carry & SYG, Michael Brown - Ferguson, Trials & Cases and tagged Anita Smithey, convicted, Darren Wilson, Florida, resignation, second degree murder, Stand Your Ground. Bookmark the permalink. 46 Comments.