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Slain minister's stepdaughter faces murder charges in court

Posted June 18, 2009

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— A Knightdale woman smiled and waved to her family as she made her first court appearance Thursday afternoon on first-degree murder charges in the death of her stepfather, who was a minister.

Carletta Patrice Alston, 24, was arrested Wednesday night in the June 4 shooting of Michael Donnell Smith, 48. She was being held in the Wake County Jail.

A judge denied Alston bond at a hearing Thursday afternoon. She asked for a court-appointed attorney, and her next court appearance was set for July 9.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office said they expected to make more arrests in the shooting but declined to identify any other suspects or say when the arrests would be made. Investigators have not released a motive in the shooting.

Deputies found Smith lying in his driveway at 1808 Lucas Road around 3:30 a.m. while responding to 911 calls from Smith's wife. Phyllis Smith told dispatchers that she heard gunshots as her husband, also a truck driver, left for work. She also said Alston was calling his cell phone but that he wasn't answering.

Alston lived with Smith and her mother. The couple had been married for seven years, authorities said.

Smith, 48, 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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  • vsusu2002 Jun 18, 2009

    wcumon-"Wonder if Michael Donnell Smith's PAST had anything to do with all this"

    work4rmhomemom- "I don't know about Minister Smith's past, but it seems that he had found God and turned his life around".

    I agree with you work4rmhomemom. I haven't met a "perfect person" in my many years of living. Regardless of a person's past, nobody deserves to be killed. If there was some type of crime being committed in the home, that is the purpose of the law enforcement.

  • daisymom Jun 18, 2009

    i understand what you mean prayerworks. was there accusations of molesting? i haven't read all the stories, but the ones i've seen didn't mention it. did i miss something?

    anyway, i feel sorry for the entire family. it's sad that someone thought the best solution was to kill someone.

  • PrayerWorks Jun 18, 2009

    I don't know about anybody else, but I am ready for Jesus to come back, the world is not getting any better.

  • Ptah Jun 18, 2009

    Oh! They were such fine xtians. Yep, learned everything they knew right from the bible and church.

  • work4rmhomemom Jun 18, 2009

    I don't know about Minister Smith's past, but it seems that he had found God and turned his life around. He was doing good things in the community. It is sad if his own stepdaughter killed him. No one deserves something like that, and she needs to be brought to justice if guilty.

  • hollylama Jun 18, 2009

    I truly hope he wasn't molesting her.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jun 18, 2009

    Sad? More like not surprising.

  • wcumom Jun 18, 2009

    Wonder if Michael Donnell Smith's PAST had anything to do with all this.Ck out his prison record.I bet he became a "minister" in prison.

  • computer trainer Jun 18, 2009

    Now they are saying MORE arrests. How truly sad!