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Murder suspect’s attorneys want to travel to California to boost his defense

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Appointed attorneys for Jeff Easley, who is accused of killing Fort Lewis-area mother Tina Smith and absconding with her 12-year-old daughter to San Francisco almost a year ago, asked a Roanoke County judge today to approve a four-day trip to California. They are hoping to interview potential witnesses while there, review statements... »

Rescuer travels across country to meet kidnapped girl

By Submitted
SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Theresa Shanley, the woman responsible for the safe return of 13-year-old Brittany Smith to her family in South Boston last December, had an opportunity to meet the teenager during a weekend visit to that community. According to the Rev. John Eure, pastor of Ash Avenue Baptist Church, the San Francisco... »

Murder trial postponed

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Wearing a full beard and a yellow jumpsuit from the Western Virginia Regional Jail, Jeff Easley appeared for the first time in Roanoke County Circuit Court this afternoon when a capital defense attorney was appointed for him. Easley, 33, is now charged with capital murder of 42-year-old Tina Smith, his former girlfriend,... »

Former boyfriend could get death penalty

By Meg Hibbert
GLENVAR – Jeffrey Easley might have been the love of Tina Smith’s life, but now he’s suspected of taking it. On Friday, a Roanoke County grand jury indicted Easley of capital murder in the death of Smith, 42, whose body was discovered Dec. 6 in the home 31-year-old Easley had shared for two months... »