Smith Receives Death Penalty

Jury Finds 21-Year-Old Guilty In Murder of Cherrish Faith Allbright

SMITH LEAVES COURTHOUSE AFTER VERDICT AND PENALTY – Brad Hunter Smith (left), 21, of the Randall community, is escorted down the stairs from the second-floor courtroom at the Cleveland County Courthouse Friday afternoon after a jury sentenced him to death in the December 2015 capital murder of Cherrish Faith Allbright. A jury of seven men and five women deliberated for about an hour before handing down the sentence.

RISON – Brad Hunter Smith of the Randall community was found guilty and sentenced to death by a Cleveland County jury last Friday in the December 2015 murder of 22-year-old Cherrish Faith Allbright.

Smith, 21, along with co-defendants Jonathan Guenther, 21, and Josh Brown, who turned 18 on Saturday, were all charged with capital murder, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse.

Allbright, who was pregnant at the time of her death, was found buried in a grave about a mile off Rodgers Road West on the night of Dec. 10, 2015.

According to testimony during the trial, Allbright was lured from her grandmother’s home on Rodgers Road West on the night of Dec. 3, 2015, and taken to a nearby hunting lease where she was shot in the back with an arrow from a crossbow and then hit twice in the head with a wooden bat.

Smith maintained his innocence throughout the trial, claiming he went to bed on the night of Dec. 3 and got up the next morning and went to work.

Dr. Stephen Erickson, chief medical examiner for the Arkansas State Crime Lab at Little Rock, testified last Wednesday that his autopsy revealed that either blow to the head would have led to Allbright’s death.

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

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