Tag Archives: South Mountain Shooter

Rodney Smith Case: “South Mountain Shooter” Continues Waiting For Trial

by Brian A. Wilkins
1/21/2010 (links updated February 1, 2023)

ORIGINAL LINK: http://blog.operation-nation.com/2010/01/21/rodney-smith-case-south-mountain-shooter-continues-waiting-for-trial.aspx


In case you’re wondering why Operation Nation has not given an update on the case of Rodney Smith, Jr. – the alleged “South Mountain Shooter” who was forced to defend himself with his pistol at South Mountain Community College in South Phoenix back on July 24, 2008 – it’s because…there is no update.

Mr. Smith, now 24-years-old, has been on house arrest with an ankle-monitor since late October 2008, waiting for his constitutional right to a public trial by jury. And according to several sources, Mr. Smith is … Read Entire Article

Maricopa County Attorney Is Violating Conflict of Interest Statutes

by Brian A. Wilkins

ORIGINAL LINK: http://blog.operation-nation.com/2009/01/26/maricopa-county-attorney-is-violating-conflict-of-interest-statutes.aspx

FACT: Maricopa County prosecutor Heather Wicht has been on the Rodney Smith (alleged “South Mountain Shooter”) case since the supervening indictment was issued in early August 2008.

FACT: Wicht was also the prosecutor for Rashad McCuin, Isaac Smith, and Leander Louis, the three men who were given plea bargains – BY WICHT – after viciously attacking Rodney Smith back in December of 2007.

FACT: Wicht and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas are in violation of A.R.S. § 38-503, a class 6 felony.

There has to be a reason, other than obvious Read Entire Article

BREAKING NEWS: Rodney Smith’s Bond Lowered

Smith’s family will post bond tonight.

by Brian A. Wilkins

ORIGINAL LINK: http://blog.operation-nation.com/2008/10/22/breaking-news-rodney-smith-bond-lowered.aspx

The alleged “South Mountain Shooter” will walk out of the Maricopa County Lower Buckeye Jail within the next 24 hours. Superior Court Commissioner Phemonia Miller heard arguments this morning from defense attorney Marci Kratter highlighting Smith’s educational accomplishments, no prior criminal record, and strong family ties. Smith’s mother and brother also took the stand on behalf of Smith. The prosecution objected to lowering the bond, but the judge ruled in favor of the defense.

“I could tell the judge had sympathy for my case,” Smith said. “In my heart of … Read Entire Article