Who is Steven Smith? Utah man shot wife dead for threatening to leave, says 'I’m done, I have nothing else'
The suspect confessed that he was mad at his wife Shawntell. He also claimed that he had no memory of what took place
IVINS, UTAH: A man from Utah has been accused of killing his wife who threatened to leave him. After reports of shots fired were called in, Santa Clara-Ivins Public Safety officers were called to the suspect's home in the state’s southwest. The incident occurred late on Friday, May 21.
The wife was reportedly found dead on the scene after she suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The police in the statement said, "Upon arrival, officers found that the victim suffered from several gunshot injuries and was declared deceased on the scene."
Who is Steven Smith?
Steven Smith is a 59-year-old man who was arrested on May 22, Saturday morning for shooting his wife multiple times. He was charged with first-degree murder. He allegedly shot his wife Shawntell Smith in their home in Utah.
The body of Shawntell Smith, 49, was identified by her family members. The police report also stated that they found Steven with "blood on his hands and clothes" and the dead body of his wife was found next to him.
In addition to this, the cops also found a gun with bloodstains on the grip of the gun hidden in Steven's bedroom closet. He is currently being held in jail without bail. It was also reported that he had visited the ATM in his neighborhood where he withdrew a large sum of cash.
After he returned home, he asked that everyone who was not a family member in the house to leave immediately. Witnesses were also quoted as saying that Steven said "I’m done, I have nothing else," after shooting his wife. According to a report in CrimeOnline, Steven reportedly murdered his wife because she threatened to leave him.
Steven waived his Miranda rights according to the statement and he also confessed that he was mad at his wife Shawntell. He also claimed that he had no memory of what took place between the time that he had asked people from his home to leave and the time when he had been found by the cops. The police also explained that Steven was a flight risk citing the large amount of cash that he had withdrawn from the ATM before he headed home and shot his wife to death.
Meanwhile, Shawntell's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help them with the cost of the funeral. At the time of writing the article, a total of $13,630 was raised, still short of the $15,000 goal amount.
The page was set up by Shawntell's sister Charmaine who wrote "My angel sister Shawntell’s life was tragically taken yesterday. Still trying to process this news. Things like this happen on the news, not in real life. Shawntell is one of the most Christlike people I know - which does bring some comfort knowing she’s with Him, our brother Jesus Christ. And knowing my dad was there to greet and hug her."
She continues in the heart-breaking message: "I’m grateful to know I will see her again, but doesn’t change how much I will miss her now. Our chats until wee in the morning, cheesy movies together, nature walks, her laugher, service, cooking together, music, her love for family, especially for her kids who are now without both parents. Please keep her kids in your prayers. Love and miss you Angel Shawntell."