Woman arrested in murder of Levering man
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:35:00 GMT —
fter a month long investigation
Emmet County S
heriff's deputies have arrested a
woman that they say murdered her fiance.
Amber Smith, 28, shot and killed Trenton Mallory, then tried to hide the gun in a snow bank at a nearby home.
ou may remember
Smith from a story we reported last November.
t the time
her bills were piling up
as she tried to raise money to pay for her child's unusual medical condition.
March 6th, deputies were called to her home on Pleasant View Road in Levering.
mith told investigators that she called 911 after she had found her home broken into.
But after searching the ransacked home, police also found her fiance dead with a gunshot wound to the head.
Smith lived at the residence with Mr. Mallory it was a girlfriend fiancÃ© type relationship," Sheriff Pete Wallin said.
ccording to court records
in the weeks leading up to
Mallory's death, Smith had put a gun up for sale on Craigslist and Facebook.
ut after the murder
the gun was found buried in a snow bank at
Smith's relatives house. After investigators removed the weapon, they saw Smith digging through the pile trying to find it.
e've done our investigation
we collected our evidence
a person has been arrested
and now it goes to the courts
and they will determine if she's guilty or not," Wallin said.
ourt records also show that
Smith and Mallory were having financial problems.
car had been repossessed, their home was being for
closed on, and
Smith had occurred $25,000 of gambling debt that she kept a secret.
ut their biggest bills came from the hospitals.
t was all experimental medicine so everything had to be pay for by us because insurance companies don't want to for a bill that is
," Smith said in an interview on November 27, 2013.
in November of 2013 Smith told us the story of her 6-year-old child. Who at the time was having health problems after a heart transplant.
aybe he was put here to teach the world a lesson
," Smith noted. "I
f he could go through all of this
and be happy then what are we always complaining about."
Smith's two children are currently staying with family members.
will be arraigned
Wednesday in Emmet County District Court.