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Woman indicted in scheme to hire hit man

By Robin Y. Richardson
Aug. 5, 2013 at 10 p.m.


A Harrison County grand jury has indicted Amanda Denise Smith for solicitation to commit capital murder of a peace officer in connection with a murder-for-hire plot to kill her estranged husband, a Hallsville police officer.

The 24-year-old defendant along with another woman, 18-year-old Sydney Brook Sides, were arrested in May after police accused them of hiring a hit man to kill Jason Smith, Ms. Smith's soon-to-be ex-husband at the time, before their divorce became final in May.

A probable cause for arrest affidavit filed in the 71st District Court shows that a state trooper and a Texas Ranger, both acting undercover, met with the women on May 9 at a park located on the Harrison County side of Longview, regarding their alleged plan after receiving a tip from a confidential informant about the scheme. The affidavit says the informant told police a few days prior that the two women offered him $5,000 to kill Smith, so they could collect on his life insurance policy. The money was expected to be paid upon his death to Ms. Smith as the named spouse and beneficiary.

According to court records, Smith had just filed for divorce from the defendant on March 14. And according to the affidavit, the two women allegedly told the solicited hit man that he had to kill the police officer before May 14, when the divorce would be final.

The report shows that the potential hit man was given detailed information regarding the officer's position with HPD, a description of vehicles that he drives, a license plate number for one of the vehicles and $150 to purchase any supplies that he would need to commit the homicide.

The informant was also told that the officer was sharing a residence with his new girlfriend. The affidavit says that the undercover agent gave Ms. Smith the opportunity to back out of trying to carry out the plot to murder her husband.

"Amanda Denise Smith stated that she wanted to continue with the plan to have (him) killed," the report indicates.

Others indicted last week include:

Ethan Owen Carroll, 19, forgery of a financial instrument;

Casey Allen Akers, 32, forgery of a financial instrument;

Dylan Shea Morgan, 18, forgery of a financial instrument;

Caleb Carroll, 18, credit card or debit card abuse

Caleb Thomas Carroll, 18, theft of material (copper)

James Oliver Sneed Jr., 28, theft of property more than $1,500, but less than $20,000;

Attis Deryle Whitehead, 55, theft with two previous convictions less than $20,000, but more than $100,000;

Jeremy DeWayne Foster, 25, two counts: Theft of property less than $20,000, but more than $100,000; and two counts of burglary of a building;

Michael Paul James, 22, burglary of a building;

Lee Breon King, 19, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle;

A.B. Hicks, 42, deadly conduct;

Dario Sanchez, 54, DWI with a child younger than 15 years old

David C Wooldridge, 44, DWI with a child younger than 15 years old

Charles B. Hardy, 32, DWI third or more offense;

Thomas Demond Roberts, 34, possession of marijuana

Lavonzia Sherell Jones, 25, possession of a controlled substance;

Yukishes Shavonne Jones, 30, possession of a controlled substance;

Thomas Robert Coughlin, 31, possession of a controlled substance;

William Estin Callan, 49, possession of a controlled substance;

Glenda Gayle Byrd Swain, 52, possession of a controlled substance;

Glenda Gayle Byrd Swain, 52, possession of a controlled substance;

Jose Luis Zarate Jr., 27, Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver

Nicole Marie Ogden (aka Nicole Marie Rogers), 34, two counts of 2 manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance

Ladelsha Aarion Price, 21, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance Corey Doran Dickey, 35, two counts of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance

Jeffery Reed McGuire, 32, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance

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