Alabama Man Convicted in Wife's Slaying


By Alabama News Network

An Etowah County man faces life without parole after being convicted of capital murder in the strangulation of his wife.

Jurors convicted Roy Thomas Smith on Tuesday in the slaying of Carla Parton Smith.

The woman's body was found in the trunk of her Jaguar on Nov. 1, 2010.

The Gadsden Times reports prosecutors built a circumstantial case against Smith.

The man had $244,000 in life insurance and $600,000 worth of rental properties, and authorities argued Smith didn't want to lose the money if his wife divorced him.

The defense claims much of prosecutors' evidence was insignificant or irrelevant, but jurors convicted the man anyway.

Sentencing is set for April 17 in Gadsden. While jurors convicted Smith of capital murder, the crime isn't eligible for the death penalty.

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