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Charges Upgraded For Man Accused In Wife's Killing

Charges Upgraded For Man Accused In Wife's Killing

CREATED Mar 6, 2014

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Police said a charge against a Madison County man accused of fatally shooting his wife has been upgraded to first-degree murder.

Jackson police said 42-year-old Michael Smith Sr. was indicted on Wednesday. He is being held on $500,000 bond and has a scheduled arraignment Monday.

Smith was originally charged with second-degree murder after 36-year-old Christy Smith was found dead of a single gunshot wound in their home in August. Police said he left the house in his truck after the shooting.

Police said officers searched the area near his work and found Smith's abandoned truck on the property. Police said a police dog found Smith hiding in a bathroom.

The Associated Press could not determine who Smith's lawyer is.

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