18 Witnesses Testify As Smith Trial Gets Underway Tuesday in Rison
RISON – Thirteenth Judicial District Prosecutor David Butler used phone records and testimony from friends and co-workers Tuesday to lay out the case against Brad Hunter Smith during the first day of the capital murder trial concerning the death of Cherrish Faith Allbright.
Meanwhile, Smith’s defense attorney, Greg Robinson of Pine Bluff, told the jury during his opening statement that despite the amount of evidence the state had against his client, Smith has maintained his innocence and will show there is another reasonable explanation behind that evidence. Robinson said Smith told him, “Mr. Robinson, I did not do this.”
Allbright, who was pregnant at the time of her death, was found on the night of Dec. 10, 2015, buried about a mile off Rodgers Road West. The site was within a short distance of her grandmother’s house as well as Smith’s residence, and it was on land leased to the Two-Point Hunting Club, which witnesses said was used by Smith and other members of his family.
Investigators testified Tuesday that Allbright had been shot in the lower back with an arrow from a crossbow, and that she had also been hit in the head twice.
Robinson’s strategy on Tuesday was to question whether Smith was serious in the statements he had made about Allbright before her disappearance.
Smith, 21, of the Randall area, is charged with capital murder, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse in connection with Allbright’s death. The capital murder and kidnapping charges are Class “Y” felonies punishable by 10 to 40 years to life in prison, and a fine not to exceed $25,000. Capital murder also has the death penalty as an option in the punishment phase.
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