|Bothell man pleads not guilty to wife’s murder|
|Written by Briana Gerdeman, News Writer|
|Monday, 05 August 2013 11:02|
Bothell resident Alan Justin Smith pleaded not guilty to charges that he murdered his estranged wife, according to a representative from the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.
Smith remains in the Snohomish County jail with bail set at $1 million. An omnibus hearing — an administrative hearing at which the court will discuss what evidence can be admitted — is scheduled for Aug. 15. A calendar call on Sept. 13 will determine if the case is ready for trial, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.
Smith was arrested in June on charges of first degree murder, several months after police began investigating the death of his wife, according to documents from prosecutors.
Alan and his wife Susann Smith were in the process of a bitter divorce and custody battle over their two children.
In February, Susann Smith was found dead in her Bothell home from a “brutal and lethal assault” that included multiple sharp and blunt force wounds, a fractured skull, and drowning in a bathtub. Police named Alan Smith a person of interest in the investigation, and, later, a suspect.
Smith allegedly confessed to a friend, “Yes, I did it to her,” according to the probable cause documents.
The couple’s two children have been in the custody of Child Protective Services since Susann Smith was found dead in February.