by Brian A. Wilkins
ORIGINAL LINK: http://blog.operation-nation.com/2009/06/09/charges-dropped-against-rodney-smith-sr.aspx
In yet another blow to Maricopa County prosecutor Heather Wicht’s quest to destroy the lives of the entire Smith family, Rodney Smith, Sr., the father of alleged “South Mountain Shooter” Rodney Smith Jr., had all charges dropped against him in connection with the July 24, 2008 incident. Michelle Denise Smith, Smith Jr. mother, was acquitted at trial in April on charges of “interferring with police.” Smith Sr. had been on house arrest since being released in September from the Maricopa County Jail in connection with the charges.
Wicht, along with her boss, Andrew Thomas, continually tried to convict Smith, Sr. of any charges they possibly could to cover their malfeasance. Wicht offered Smith, Sr. a plea agreement which he would spend two years in prison. It was rejected immediately. Smith, Sr.’s trial was supposed to take place this week on charges of “intimidating a witness” after Phoenix police said he “made a threatening gesture” at the crime scene. Today, Wicht offered a second plea agreement, which Smith Sr. would be sentenced to probation, which he also rejected. Wicht, who is illegally prosecuting Smith Jr.’s case as well, finally conceded defeat and dropped all charges this afternoon, knowing the case was frivolous from the start.
Smith Sr. will have the ankle monitor Maricopa County forced him to wear for the past 10 months, removed this afternoon. Meanwhile, Smith Jr. will not be back in court until late July.
Click here for the JUSTICE FOR RODNEY SMITH page, containing all the latest on the case, and all the happenings since the July 24, 2008 incident.