PERRY -- A Warner Robins woman was indicted by a Houston County grand jury Tuesday on a charge of murder in the July shooting death of her 30-year-old husband.
Ebony Passion Smith, 30, was released from Central State Hospital where she had been for the past several months and booked in the Houston County jail Nov. 29, public defender Nick White, who is representing Smith, previously said. He could not immediately be reached for comment late Tuesday afternoon.
The charge is malice murder, which means the slaying was premeditated, said Julia C. Bowen, an assistant district attorney who is prosecuting the case. Bowen declined to elaborate on the facts of the case.
At 5:59 p.m. July 15, Warner Robins police were dispatched to 119 Jay Drive in reference to a deceased person, a Warner Robins police news release stated.
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Brian Smith was found dead inside the home, having been shot several times in the upper torso. Ebony Smith was found by responding police officers in the back bedroom, where she had attempted suicide by consuming medication, the release stated.
Smith was being held Tuesday without bond in the Houston County jail.
The grand jury also indicted 39-year-old Christy Michelle Kastner of Warner Robins on four counts of theft by taking fiduciary.
She’s accused of taking cash from Marco’s Pizza from July 1 to Oct. 20, the indictment stated. The indictment did not state the amount of cash. John E. Fowler, an assistant district attorney prosecuting the case, declined to elaborate on the facts of the case.
Kastner was being held without bond on a violation of probation charge. Bond was set at $10,000 on the theft by taking fiduciary charges.
Kastner received first offender status for financial identity fraud on Dec. 17, 2008, which meant she would have no criminal record of the offense by successfully completing five years probation, court records show.
Also indicted was Kevin Rigdon, 38, of Warner Robins, on charges of cruelty to children in the first degree, aggravated assault and battery related to family violence, the indictment stated.
Rigdon is accused of “wrapping a belt around the victim’s neck tight enough to cause bruises,” the indictment statement. The victim was under the age of 18 when the incident occurred Nov. 3 and lived in the same household as the accused, the indictment stated.
John Matthew Popkoski, 35, of Warner Robins, was indicted on charges of aggravated assault by vehicle, serious injury by vehicle, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving in connection with a Nov. 1 incident.
He’s accused of putting a car into reverse and striking the victim after being told she was behind the vehicle. The injury rendered her leg useless, the indictment stated.
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