BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho woman was sentenced to life in prison for killing a 30-year-old man in February.
Melonie Smith, 49, was sentenced Tuesday after a jury found her guilty in October of first-degree murder and of attempting to conceal and destroy evidence, the Post Register reported .
Smith was charged with shooting David Davis in the back of the head and attempting to dispose of his body. Smith invited Davis to her home to use methamphetamine, authorities said.
During the October trial, Smith said Kevin Day had killed Davis, and she was only a witness. Day pleaded guilty Dec. 18 to shooting Davis in the legs in front of Smith’s home, saying the victim had made threats against him and his dog, and he was afraid it was an ambush. Day denied shooting Davis in the back of the head, however, and testified that Smith called him after he fled to say Davis was dead.
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Bingham County Prosecutor Cleve Colson said Smith and her mother lived in the house for two days while the body was in the kitchen.
“She had the ability to contact first responders, she had vehicles at her disposal to take him to the hospital, but she made a choice,” Colson said.
A man Smith called to help her clean up the scene reported the murder to police, leading to the discovery of Davis’ body in her house.
Colson told the court that Smith would be a danger to the public if she was ever released from prison.
Smith’s attorney said his client intends to file an appeal. She maintained her innocence during sentencing.
“The truth will come out,” Smith said.
Information from: Post Register, http://www.postregister.com