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Mother of 2 murdered in Bothell

Susann Smith, 37, was found murdered in her home on Feb. 12. Police responded to the home after Smith did not show up for work.

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bothellEVERETT — A 37-year-old Bothell man was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his estranged wife, Susann Smith, whose body was found in the bathtub of her Bothell home Feb. 12.

Alan Smith was arrested last week after a minister told investigators that the man allegedly confessed to him in February that he had killed his wife.

Smith and his current girlfriend publicly maintain his innocence.

According to The Everett Herald, detectives said they also linked the defendant to the crime scene with forensic evidence, including footprints left in Susann Smith’s blood. The mother of two was found dead in a bathtub with more than 20 stabbing wounds. She also had been bludgeoned.

Police believe Alan Smith was upset he lost child custody hearings with his estranged wife.

Smith was charged in Everett District Court, the Herald said. Prosecutors have until July 19 to refile the case in Snohomish County Superior Court. He remains in jail on $1 million bail.

 

 

 

 

 

bothellBOTHELL, Wash. — Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives allege Alan Smith, a Bothell man accused of brutally killing his estranged wife, admitted the killing to a friend.

The allegations come to light in lengthy court documents released by the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutors detail Smith’s allegedly bizarre actions prior to the killing, such as purchasing full body protective suits, poorly explained hand wounds, his alleged desire to make his estranged wife disappear and his admitting the killing to a friend.

The documents also reveal Smith’s bizarre public sexual behavior with his live-in girlfriend.

Smith was arrested for first-degree murdger and Thursday. He is being held in Snohomish County Jail. The 37-year-old is the only suspect in the gruesome murder of his estranged wife, Susann Smith. Her body was found at her Bothell home on Feb. 12, with more than 20 sharp and blunt force wounds to the head.

Smith and his current girlfriend publicly maintain his innocence.

According to prosecutors, an unnamed friend received a call from Smith on June 23 asking to meet. The pair met in a Starbucks parking lot off of south Lake Union, and Smith allegedly asked the friend for spiritual guidance. The friend said the christian philosophy required repentance and healing, and confession of sins. Smith nodded and said he “felt trapped by tornadoes all around him.” The friend asked if Smith had anything to do with his wife’s death, and Smith allegedly said “yes,” before breaking down and crying.

Prior to the alleged confession, police found unexplained bloody footprints in Susann Smith’s home. Police believe Smith was upset he lost child custody hearings with his estranged wife.

BOTHELL, Wash. — Police arrested Alan Smith Thursday morning for allegedly killing his estranged wife.

Smith was in the Bothell Police Department early Thursday morning. He was arrested for Murder 1 and being booked into the Snohomish County Jail. He may appear in court late Thursday afternoon, police said.

bothellThe 37-year-old has been a person of interest in the gruesome murder of his estranged wife. Her body was found at her Bothell home on Feb. 12, with more than 20 sharp and blunt force wounds to the head.

According to court documents, Smith has Google searched how to find a fake passport and searched for plane tickets to leave the country.

Smith has not yet been formally charged with a crime.

BOTHELL — After months of investigating the gruesome murder of Susann Smith, Bothell police have named her estranged husband Alan Justin Smith as a suspect.

Since day one, the 37-year-old has been a person of interest in the gruesome murder of his estranged wife. Her body was found at her Bothell home on Feb. 12, with more than 20 sharp and blunt force wounds to the head.

Now police have reason to believe Alan Smith killed her.

“I know he is now moved from a person of interest to a suspect in the case. I can tell you that this case is thorough and ongoing and when we have enough information he will be charged,” Sgt. Ken Seuberlich said.

alan smithAccording to court documents, Smith has Google searched how to find a fake passport and searched for plane tickets to leave the country.

This week, police executed a search warrant to take Smith’s passport and when he refused to cooperate they arrested him.

Smith appeared in court Friday on a misdemeanor charge of obstruction.

His girlfriend, Love Thai, was there to defend him. The two live together in the home where Susann Smith was killed.

“I feel absolutely safe — absolutely. We argue, we throw things, but we don’t hurt each other,” Thai said.

She also believes that Smith is capable of killing.

“I don’t know what his threshold is,” she said. “Is the possibility and the capability there? Yes.”

But she says she is in love and trusts Smith completely.

“He said he did not do it,” Thai said. “So, I stand by him and the truth will always set people free.”

Smith is due back in court July 2.

bothellSEATTLE — Bothell police served a search warrant to seize the passport of Allan Smith, estranged husband of Susann Smith, who was found murdered in her home on Feb. 12.

Detectives went to Smith’s home about 9 a.m. Thursday. When they spoke with him, he refused to surrender his passport and was argumentative with the officers, Sgt. Cedric Collins said. Smith was arrested for obstruction and is being interviewed at the Bothell police station.

At this time, it is unknown if he will be charged or if he will be released.

About 10 a.m. in the morning on Feb. 12, police were called to Susann Smith’s home in the 200 block of 240th Street Southwest after she failed to show up at work and her co-workers became worried. Collins said that when the officers arrived at the home, they checked inside and found Smith dead. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner later determined she had died from head injuries.

At the time, Smith was going through a divorce. She and her husband have two children under the age of 10. At the time of the incident, the children were not at home.

“It’s pretty spooky,” neighbor Barry Sapsford said Wednesday. “It’s sad. I know she had kids. I didn’t know them that well, but I know they had kids. She was a nice lady. It’s always sad with kids involved.”

Investigators have been looking for suspects and a motive for the killing.

Anyone with information about the crime should call Bothell police or 911.

bothellBOTHELL — A Bothell mother of two found dead in her home has been declared a victim of homicide.

Police were called to the Bothell home in the 200 block of 240th Street Southwest Tuesday after the woman failed to show up at work and co-workers got worried.

“When officers get there, they check the interior of the residence and find a deceased person inside. They immediately pulled out of the residence, contacted our detectives, they came up and took over the investigation,” Bothell police Sgt. Cedric Collins said.

Investigators soon arrived at the scene and brought in a mobile command center as they searched for evidence and clues as to what happened to the woman believed to be in her 30s and who was going through a divorce, according to neighbors.

“It’s pretty spooky,” neighbor Barry Sapsford said Wednesday. “It’s sad. I know she had kids. I didn’t know them that well, but I know they had kids.  She was a nice lady. It’s always sad with kids involved.”

Neighbors said the victim was the mother of two young daughters, both under 10 years old. Police said the children are safe.

Throughout the day Tuesday and Wednesday, cops closed off the entire block to traffic while they tried to figure out exactly what happened.

On Friday, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the woman as Susann Smith, 37, and her cause of death was homicide.

Police said they have no suspects or motive for the killing.

Anyone with information about the crime should call Bothell police or 911.

bothellBOTHELL, Wash. — The Bothell Police Department is investigating a body found Tuesday in the 200 block of 240 Street SW.

The body was found around 10:30 a.m. after officers received a call to check on a resident who had not shown up for work. Upon arrival, officers found one dead woman inside the home. Police are investigating it as a suspicious death.

The identity of the deceased has not yet been released.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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