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[UPDATE] Former Quincy Police Officer on Trial

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

{Update 12-10 5:23pm By Jill Chandler}----

Ted Smith was found not guilty in November for attempting to kill his wife by driving his car into the room in which she was located. He was back in front of the judge Friday December 10th to find out what his sentence would be.

Smith addressed the courtroom during Friday's hearing. He said his wife cheated on him, he received little to no care at the Gadsden County Jail for orthopedic problems and he claimed deputies treated him unfairly. He went on to say that he is not insane, but he believes he was temporarily insane at the time of the attack. The judge said everything Smith's statements Friday made it clear the ex-cop needs psychiatric treatment.

His attorney Joshua Zelman said it went just like he thought it would. He said, "Although he was found not guilty by reason of insanity doesn't necessarily mean that he goes free if he's found to be manifestly dangerous."

The doctor did find Smith to be dangerous and Friday the Judge Frank Sheffield ordered him to Florida State Hospital for mental treatment, but recommended that Smith be moved to the Gainesville location away from the victim and his family in Gadsden County.

UPDATE] 12-10 Noon --

While making a statement Mr. Smith accused his wife of having an affair with his brother in law. He also said he had orthopedic injuries that were not tended to in the Gadsden County Jail.

The Judge said there is no evidence of his wife being unfaithful, and the doctor who evaluated him said he does have mental illnesses.

Mr.Smith will be sentenced to treatment at the Florida State hospital. The judge recommended he be moved to the Gainesville location to be further away from the victim and his family. He will be back in court June 2011 to evaluate his progress.

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[UPDATE] 11-11 9:44PM

A verdict has just been reached in the case against Ted Smith. The former Quincy police officer has been found not guilty by reason of insanity on five counts including attempted first degree murder.

Ted Smith was accused of trying to kill his wife when he drove his van into her bedroom last July. A jury huddled up for hours tonight (11-11), coming to a decision around 9:30pm. The jury deliberated for 8 hours, which is one of the longest on record in Gadsden County when the defendant is claiming insanity.

State Attorney Richard Combs says Smith's history of delusional disorders does not excuse his criminal conduct, but the jury disagreed.

Smith will be evaluated by two doctors to see what medical treatment will be needed to treat him from here on out.

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[UPDATE] 11-11 12:40pm by Jerry Askin

Closing arguments occurred today (Nov. 11) for former Quincy police officer who police say drove his van into his wife's bedroom in an attempt to kill her in July 2009.

State Attorney Richard Combs says Ted Smith's actions of aggression on July 13, 2009 proved that he had a conscious act to kill his wife that night. He says Smith's delusional disorders does not excuse his criminal conduct. He urges the jury to consider not if he was insane according to his previous delusional episodes, but if was he insane on the night he drove his van into his wife's bedroom.

Combs said evidence does not prove that he was insane that night. Combs states that Smith called his wife an hour before driving into the house to see where she was in the house. After she told him she was in bed, he drove at a substantial speed Into the bedroom an hour later.

Combs said he questions Smith's insanity that night. Especially when after Smith drove into the house that night, he said "my life is over" and later drove out of state.

The state argued that many people have mental illnesses but it doesn't mean they're legally insane.

Defense attorney Joshua Zelman says Ted Smith has been diagnosed with a delusional disorder and did not appear to know what he was doing that summer night.

Zelman says, "Why would someone who loves their wife and their children attack their family unless he's legally insane?"

The defense is convinced that Smith was in a delusional and paranoid state when he drove his van into the house. He goes on to say that Smith has a history of having delusional mental episodes - two episodes causing him to be hospitalized.

The jurors are about to deliberate now and should have a verdict soon.

Stay with WCTV.tv for details

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[UPDATE] 11-11 11:25am by Jerry Askin

Defense just presented his closing arguments, taking a 15 minute break now, then the state is going to have a rebuttal.

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[UPDATE] 11-11 9:11am by Jerry Askin

The state is making closing arguments now.. The defense will challenge and then the state will have a rebuttal. There will probably be a break in between at some point, and then the jurors are expected to deliberate.

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[UPDATE] 11-11 9:05am by Jerry Askin

Court is about to begin now for the Ted Smith trial. They expect to
have a verdict by this afternoon.

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[UPDATE] 11-10 6:30pm by Jerry Askin

Ted Smith entered the court room Wednesday for day two of his trial. Police is accusing him of driving his van into his wife's bedroom last July, trying to kill her.

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Salvatore Blandino testified that he believes Smith was insane on the night of the incident. Blandino evaluated Smith this July and September to see if Smith's actions were because of a mental disorder.

This comes after several alleged delusional episodes Smith had prior to the event last July.

Dr. Blandino says "To me it appears that it's an dissociative state.. where he doesn't know what he's doing, he's not aware of what's going on - he has a lack of memory for what's going on."

The state challenged, questioning Ted Smith's recollection of the events that happened that night.

The prosecutor said after Smith drove his van into the house he left the home and drove out of state. And questions if that sounds like someone who was insane.

State Attorney Richard Combs says, "Wouldn't that be consistent with someone who has just committed a crime and said oh i gotta get out of the state."

The sister of Ted Smith's wife - Kathy Young - also testified in court today. She said she is not convinced that Smith was insane on the night he ran his van into his wife's bedroom. She says his delusional episodes stem from him wanting to ave control of his wife and his family.

Smith is charged with attempted first degree murder among other charges. Closing arguments are scheduled for tomorrow.

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[UPDATE] 11-10 12:30PM --

The trial continued today for a man who police say tried to kill his
wife by driving into her bedroom.

Today Kathy Young - sister of Kristi Smith - took the stand along with
Sheriff Morris Young.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Salvatore Blandino also took the stand. Blandino says he believes Ted Smith was insane on that summer night in July when he drove into his wife's
bedroom.

Dr. Blandino says Smith does not recall driving into the house. Smith
told Blandino that he was going to the house that night because he had
heard Sheriff Young in the background while on the phone with his
wife. Smith says he was going to the house to see what was going on.

But he had no intent to hurt or kill his wife.

The state is about to question Dr. Salvatore Blandino after lunch at
1pm.

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[UPDATE] 11-10 10:07AM --

Court started at 9:15AM

Kristi's sister, Kathy Young, along with Sheriff Morris Young just testified. The court is waiting to hear from a psychologist now.

WCTV has a reporter in court and we will bring you details as the trial continues.

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[UPDATE] 11-9 12:27PM --

The state called Christie Smith (Ted Smith's wife), his 13-year old daughter and their neighbor to the stand before breaking for lunch.

Christie Smith says they'd separated multiple times during their 30-year marriage but it wasn't until April 2009 when she filed for divorce. At that time, Ted Smith moved out of the home.

Christie says her husband was always strict with her and their three children, but says when he became religious, he also became more controlling.

On the night of July 13, 2009, Christie says Ted called her 3 times about an upcoming church event. She recalls waking up around 1:30 in the morning to a vehicle crashing into her bedroom. She says part of the dresser fell on her bed but she wasn't seriously injured. After being chased through the house, she says her husband began choking her.

She says he let her go when she started screaming "I love you."

He fled the scene but not before saying "my life is over" according to Christie.

His daughter had difficulty recalling the events of that night while on the stand and their neighbor stated he did not see Ted Smith that evening.

Christie Smith will take the stand again. Ted Smith is expected to testify along with Sheriff Morris Young and two mental health professionals.

Smith was admitted in 1994 and 2002 for mental health issues and the defense claimed during opening statements that he was insane at the moment of the incident.

He faces Attempted First Degree (Premeditated) Murder, Burglary of Dwelling with Person Assaulted, and Violation of a DV Injunction charges.

The trial will resume at 1:30.

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[UPDATE] 11-9 11:30AM --

The trial starts for a former Quincy police officer who drove a van smack into his estranged wife's home in July 2009.

The Ted Smith trial just broke for recess. So far only Smith's estranged wife has taken the stand. She says on the night of July 13, 2009, she woke up to a vehicle crashing into her bedroom and hearing her husband and vehicle's driver screaming.

In opening statements the defense said Ted Smith was admitted in 1994 and 2002 for psychological issues and they claim he was insane at the time of the incident.

He faces a charge of first degree attempted murder, among others.

Gadsden County sheriff Morris Young who is the victim's brother in law, is expected to take the stand.

Stay with WCTV for details. The original story can be found below.

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UPDATED on 7-2009 --

47-year-old Ted Smith, who deputies say tried to kill his wife by driving a van through her bedroom wall will now face murder charges.

Charges against Smith have been upgraded to Attempted First Degree Murder.

Gadsden County Deputies say Ted Smith was caught around 10:30 Tuesday morning.

Smith allegedly crashed his Ford Explorer in Calhoun County and had to be airlifted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

He is listed in good condition and his injuries weren't life threatening.

He is now in custody.

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Updated 7/13/09 6:05 p.m.

A manhunt is on for a former Quincy police officer who drove a van smack into his estranged wife's home this morning (7-13).

47-year-old Ted Smith has been on the run for more than 16 hours and deputies believe he could be in another state by now.

There is a gaping hole in the back of the house where Ted Smith's estranged wife was sleeping when he drove a Ford Van through the wall of her bedroom just before two o'clock this morning.

Deputies say Kristi Smith is doing fine and is in a safe house, but they are concerned about Ted Smith's mental state.

Tread marks rip through the backyard of the house on Lake Laurie Circle.

They are marks that investigators say are evidence Ted Smith was aiming his van directly at his wife's bedroom.

They also say, after he crashed the van through the wall, he chased Kristi Smith through the house and attempted to strangle her. She was able to break free and call authorities. That's when deputies say Ted Smith took off in a Blue Ford Explorer.

"We don't know what his state of mind is. From the damage that he did, in the way that he did it, driving an automobile through a wall to gain entrance to a house to assault someone. We just don't know what his state of mind is right now and what he's capable of doing," said LT Jim Corder with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

This isn't the couple's first domestic disturbance.

Kristi Smith filed a domestic violence injunction against Ted on April 27th and he was supposed to stay away from her.

A no-bond warrant is out for his arrest. If Smith is captured, he will be charged with felony criminal mischief, violation of an injunction and burglary with a battered victim.

Smith is a former Police Officer. He used to work for the Quincy Police Department, however he hasn't been employed there since the early nineties.

Deputies say there were two children inside the house when Smith drove into the home.

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Gadsden County Sheriff's deputies are searching for 47-year-old Ted Smith, who they say tried to kill his wife early Monday morning.

Smith is a former police officer with the Quincy Police Department.

Deputies say around 1:30 Monday morning (7/13) Smith drove a white van into the bedroom of his home where his wife was sleeping. He then assaulted her and fled the scene.

Deputies are looking for him in Gadsden and Leon counties.

He is a black male, around 5'9" tall and was last seen driving a 2000 blue Ford Explorer.

There is a warrant out for his arrest and he will be charged with burglary with a victim battered, violation of an injunction, and felony criminal mischief.

Deputies say more than $10,000 in damage was done to the home.

On April 27th of 2009, Smith was served with a domestic violence injunction and was ordered to stay away from his wife.

If you have any information regarding Smith's whereabouts please call the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office at 850-627-9233.


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