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      Woman arrested in murder of Levering man

      Trenton Mallory, 35, was found dead on March 6 at his home in Center Township.


      A

      fter a month long investigation

      ,



      Emmet County S

      heriff's deputies have arrested a

      Levering

      woman that they say murdered her fiance.


      D

      eputies say
      Amber Smith, 28, shot and killed Trenton Mallory, then tried to hide the gun in a snow bank at a nearby home.


      Y

      ou may remember
      Smith from a story we reported last November.


      A

      t the time

      ,

      her bills were piling up

      ,

      as she tried to raise money to pay for her child's unusual medical condition.


      O

      n
      March 6th, deputies were called to her home on Pleasant View Road in Levering.


      S

      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.


      "M

      s.
      Smith lived at the residence with Mr. Mallory it was a girlfriend fiancé type relationship," Sheriff Pete Wallin said.


      A

      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.


      B

      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.


      "W

      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.


      C

      ourt records also show that
      Smith and Mallory were having financial problems.


      A

      car had been repossessed, their home was being for

      e

      closed on, and
      Smith had occurred $25,000 of gambling debt that she kept a secret.


      B

      ut their biggest bills came from the hospitals.


      "I

      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

      n't



      FDA

      approved

      ," Smith said in an interview on November 27, 2013.


      B

      ack
      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.


      "M

      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."


      A

      mber
      Smith's two children are currently staying with family members.


      She

      will be arraigned
      Wednesday in Emmet County District Court.

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