Co-Defendants Take Stand

RISON – The climax of last week’s capital murder trial came Thursday, July 27, when all three co-defendants took the stand to testify about the events that led to the death of 22-year-old Cherrish Faith Allbright on the night of Dec. 3, 2015.

The defendant being tried, Brad Hunter Smith, 21, of the Randall community, was the last to testify that day. Jonathan Guenther, 21, of Randall, and Josh Brown, 18, of Rison, went to the witness stand beforehand.

All three are charged in the killing of Allbright, who was pregnant at the time of her death.

Smith maintained his innocence while on the stand while Guenther and Brown both gave testimony that described Smith as being the ringleader “to get rid of Allbright.”

Guenther and Brown both said they helped Smith dig a hole in the woods off Rodgers Road West on the night Dec. 2 in preparation for carrying out the plan the next night on Dec. 3.

According to testimony at the trial, Allbright was lured into the woods, shot with a crossbow and was then hit twice in the head with a wooden bat. The medical examiner from the State Crime Lab ruled that the blows to the head were the cause of death.

To read the full article, see the Aug. 2, 2017 print or e-Herald edition of The Herald.

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