SC Army vet killed girlfriend, put rotting body in front yard

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 8:12 AM
Last updated 7:51 PM
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COLUMBIA — An Iraq war veteran is sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing his girlfriend last year and placing her decomposed body in the front yard of her Columbia home.

A jury convicted Marcus Bailey of murder Wednesday in the death of 26-year-old Almanita Smith, who was last seen Aug. 16, 2012.

Investigators were looking for Smith when her body appeared on the lawn seven days later.

Authorities believe Smith was strangled. Prosecutors say Bailey used her credit cards after she died and saturated the house with air fresheners to cover up the odor.

The defense put up no witnesses.

Bailey was in Iraq for two tours. Prosecutors say he was living with Smith after being demoted in rank and forced out of the Army for erratic behavior.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/01/13 - 07:59 am
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"Prosecutors say he was

"Prosecutors say he was living with Smith after being demoted in rank and forced out of the Army for erratic behavior."

Imagine that.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/01/13 - 08:22 am
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Sounds like
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a registered democrat.

KSL
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KSL 08/01/13 - 10:30 am
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I wonder about the qualty of

I wonder about the qualty of his defense. Just from the few details provided, it sounds like he had mental issues.

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 08/07/13 - 06:16 am
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If the Army knew that he had

If the Army knew that he had issues which were apparent from his erratic behavior they should have gotten him help. They should be held liable for this young lady losing her life.

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