Attempted Murder Trial Underway in Quincy

By: Deneige Broom Email
By: Deneige Broom Email

Updated By: La'Tasha Givens at:11:00pm

Ted Smith took the stand and testified he did not recall all the details leading up to him crashing his van into his wife's bedroom.

Kristi Smith his wife mostly testified about their rocky marriage and her husbands history of mental instability.

Smith's medical history was brought up throughout the day. He was admitted for mental evaluations in 1994 and 2002.

The trial is expected to resume in just a few hours. The defense and prosecution plans to cross examine some of Smith doctors.

Ted Smith sat calmly in a Gadsden County courtroom Tuesday.
It was a far cry from the way his wife describes his actions during the wee hours of the morning of July 13, 2009.

"The first thing I saw was headlights glaring through my bedroom wall," said Kristi. "He just appeared that he was in a rage."

Kristi said, around 1:30 that morning, she woke to her husband crashing his van into the house, sending her dresser inches away from her in the bed.

She and their 13 year old daughter testified the former Quincy police officer, got out the van, chased Kristi and then tried to choke her.

Smith is charged with attempted first degree murder, violation of a domestic violence injunction and burglary of a dwelling with a person assaulted.

Kristi says she'd filed for divorce just months before the incident.

The eight person jury will also have to decide if he was insane at the time.

"His testimony will reveal his delusional thinking," said defense attorney Joshua Zelman. "The belief that his wife began having sexual relations with their son when he was nine years old. He had no recollection of the events leading up to two prior hospitalizations."

Ted Smith was admitted for mental evaluations in 1994 and 2002.

The jury will have to figure out if that summer night was another episode or a conscious attempt to take his wife's life.

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