American woman was raped and murdered by 19-year-old shepherd after he shot dead her husband and son, 4, while on holiday
DNA tests found the shepherd's sperm in the body of the victim and on her underwear. The investigation discovered that he was browsing porn websites before committing the act
An American woman was raped before she was murdered by a shepherd in ex-Soviet state Georgia after she was forced to watch the man shoot her husband and her four-year-old son, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors revealed that the killer had logged onto pornographic websites before launching his attack on the Smith family who had moved to Georgia almost 10 years ago to run a traditional carpet business.
The horrific case is due to go to trial but it was earlier believed Lora Joy Smith had died falling off a cliff as she fled the crime scene in the Khata Gorge, 52 miles from Tbilisi. Later reports alleged that the 19-year-old shepherd Malkhaz Kobauri had forced her off a cliff at gunpoint. Georgian investigators working along with the FBI stated that there is forensic evidence that Kobauri raped Lora after killing her husband Ryan, and their young son Caleb.
The shepherd had been the family's guide to a scenic waterfall on July 4 this year when he turned the gun, first on husband Ryan and then on 4-year-old Caleb. It has been reported that Ryan told Kobauri to take care with the hunting rifle he was carrying "especially in the presence of the child," but he got "irritated" and shot him in the back and face before shooting dead his son at point-blank range, according to the autopsy.
New charges have been made against Kobauri that he raped the wife despite his defense's claims that he was incapable of having sex and was a virgin.
"The investigation found that before the incident, Malkhaz Kobauri had been visiting pornographic websites, which underlines his interest in this regard," said prosecutor David Kazarashvili, Daily Mail reports.
DNA tests found the shepherd's sperm was in the body of the victim and on her underwear, said reports citing law enforcement. Shortly after the DNA results from the autopsy were declared Kobauri's lawyer David Girgvliani quit the case. The defendant's new lawyer Lekso Kobaidze insists his client is innocent with a new claim that "two foreigners" killed the family and warned Kobauri into not saying a word.
Ryan Smith, who was originally from San Diego, California, and Lora Smith had been living in Georgia's eastern Marneuli city for more than 10 years. They ran a business founded by Ryan called ReWoven, that creates handcrafted Azerbaijani woven carpets. The couple had moved to Georgia in 2011, receiving Georgian citizenship a year later.
Lora's body was the first to be found on July 6, two days after the hike the family took with Kobauri. On Julu7 investigators recovered Ryan's body, but Caleb was not found for three days. Agenda reported that the 4-year-old was only discovered on July 9 after Kobauri was remanded in custody and led officers to the place where he had buried the boy's body.
If convicted in next month's jury trial, Kobauri faces a life sentence.