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Charges against stepdaughter of slain minister dropped

Posted June 16, 2011

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— Charges against the stepdaughter of a minister shot and killed outside his Knightdale home two years ago have been dismissed, according to the Wake County District Attorney's Office.

Carletta Patrica Alston had been held in the Wake County jail since being arrested on a first-degree murder charge shortly after the June 4, 2009, death of Michael Donnell Smith, 48.

Wake District Attorney Colon Willoughby said he has asked the Wake County Sheriff's Office to further investigate Smith's death.

Deputies found Smith lying in his driveway at 1808 Lucas Road after his wife, Phyllis, called 911, saying that she heard gunshots as he left for work as a truck driver around 3:30 a.m. Alston was calling her stepfather's cell phone, trying to get in touch with him, Phyllis Smith said in the 911 call.

Alston lived at Smith's home, along with her mother, who had been married to Smith for seven years, authorities said.

Smith was an associate minister at Truth and Delivery International Ministry Church in Knightdale, where he preached, taught Bible study, Sunday school and was active in community outreach.

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  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 16, 2011

    CSM - "She wasn't held for two years without a probable cause hearing. Last time I checked, probable cause is needed to keep you locked up pending trial. la la la la"

    K

    But what happened to all that "probably cause" now that Willoughby has let the girl out and has told the cops to continue investigating and look elsewhere?

    Seems "probable cause" didn't work in this case.

  • LambeauSouth Jun 16, 2011

    Opps rhymes with cops. Oops rhymes with soups.
    WOW. is this all you have to do all day? Funsucker

  • mjlt3 Jun 16, 2011

    what a puzzle?

  • twc Jun 16, 2011

    Opps rhymes with cops. Oops rhymes with soups.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 16, 2011

    Not enough evidence!?!

    How then did they have enough to hold her for two years?

    Very confusing.

    Praying they discover the truth and mete justice out.

  • Common Sense Man Jun 16, 2011

    ""Even though you probably don't know any facts of the case"

    Neither do you, yet you've obviously made some definite assumptions that you base your position on. Tell it to yourself."

    I'll tell it to you: She wasn't held for two years without a probable cause hearing. Last time I checked, probable cause is needed to keep you locked up pending trial. la la la la

  • Just the facts mam Jun 16, 2011

    Look under her picture where the heading says RELATED- there are many links under this heading to go to in order to find out more information about this arrest from several years ago. If I remember right there was a lot of evidence against her at the time.

  • LambeauSouth Jun 16, 2011

    2 years? what is wrong with this picture, two years then all you get is "Opps our bad"!
    Bet lawsuit coming!

  • djcgriffin Jun 16, 2011

    That's a sad story either way. :(

  • passport423 Jun 16, 2011

    "If they knew he was in the front yard leaving for work, why would there even be a need to call him in the first place?"

    I think at the time they said they were afraid to go out because they heard shots and thought a gunman may still be outside. And they were calling hoping he would answer and say he was okay.

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