Originally created 03/15/05

Sheriff gets calls on 2001 homicide

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has received several calls about the unsolved homicide of Daniel "Mack" Smith Jr., and the information is significant, Capt. Steve Morris said this afternoon.

The 3-year-old homicide has received new attention because of the national spotlight on his widow, who led police to the man wanted in the killings of a judge, a court reporter, a deputy and a customs agent in Atlanta.

Someone stabbed Mr. Smith in the heart during a brawl in the parking lot of a Martinez apartment complex in August 2001. His wife, Ashley, was there, screaming for help and holding him in her arms in the bed of a pickup as he lay dying, according to witnesses. Her husband, a carpenter, was 23, and the couple had a toddler daughter.

Two men were charged in Mr. Smith's death the next day, but the case never went forward. No one was ever indicted. Police estimate that 10 to 15 people were involved in the fight.

Capt. Morris said investigators never could determine the cause of the fight or the sequence of events, nor could they find a witness to the stabbing. The weapon was never found.


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