Easley's suspected helper's house had Tina Smiths Wii games, TV, warrant says
A flat-screen television, a DVD player and Wii video games police suspect were taken from slain nurse Tina Smith's Roanoke County home were seized from the house of a Garden City man who "could have assisted in the murder," according to a document filed today in Roanoke court.
Police also found the TV remote control and assorted DVDs at a house in the 3500 block of Garden City Boulevard Southeast, according to a search warrant return filed today in Roanoke City Circuit Court.
Jeffrey Easley to return to Roanoke Wed. night
The man accused of abducting 12-year-old Brittany Smith is expected back in the Roanoke Valley Wednesday night.
Jeffrey Scott Easley waived extradition in a San Francisco courtroom Tuesday morning and is being escorted back by Roanoke County detectives.
Jeffrey Easley back in state, in Roanoke County Jail
Brittany Smith's alleged abductor is back in Roanoke County Wednesday night.
Jeffrey Easley was escorted off a plane from San Francisco by Roanoke County deputies, and taken to the Roanoke County jail in Salem for booking.
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Abduction suspect returns to VA.
A man accused of abducting a 12-year-old girl and taking her to California has returned to Virginia to face charges.
Media outlets report that 32-year-old Jeffrey Easley arrived in Roanoke with two Roanoke County detectives Wednesday night.
Jeffrey Easley back in Roanoke to face abduction counts
Due to the winter weather, Jeffrey Easley's arraignment has been moved from today to 1 p.m. Friday.
Jeffrey Easley, caught with his slain girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter in San Francisco last week, landed in Roanoke on Wednesday night with two detectives to face abduction charges.
Jeffrey Easleys arraignment postponed due to weather
Jeffrey Easley's arraignment for Thursday has been postponed due to weather.
We're told Easley will be arraigned on Friday at 1 p.m.
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Jeffrey Easley arraigned preliminary hearing set
Jeffrey Easley made his first appearance in a Roanoke County Courtroom Friday for his alleged role in the kidnapping of 12-year-old Brittany Smith.
The judge informed him of his abduction charge. Easley then requested a court-appointed attorney.
After the hearing, prosecutors would not speculate on any additional charges related to the death of Brittany's mother Tina.
Easley's mother stands by her son and says he is not the man being portrayed in the media.
Easley arraigned on abduction charge
Jeffrey Easley, accused of fleeing Roanoke County with his slain girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter, was brought into court today, where a judge confronted him with the abduction charge.
Easley, 32, unshaven, handcuffed and dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit, was asked by Roanoke County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Philip Trompeter if he needed a court-appointed lawyer.
"Yes Sir," Easley answered in a low voice.
Kidnapping suspect on suicide watch
The man suspected of abducting a Glenvar seventh grader is being held in isolation, because the jail has him on suicide watch.
Jeffrey Easley was arraigned in two courts today.
The kidnapping charge was set for a preliminary hearing February 8 in Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court. The case is in J&D because the victim is 12-years old.
Man accused of abducting girl appears in court
A February preliminary hearing is set for a man accused of abducting his girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter and taking her to California.
Accused abductor gets court appointed attorney
Jeffrey Easley was arraigned on a single abduction charge in Roanoke County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court today, after county detectives escorted him back from San Francisco where he had apparently fled with 12-year-old Brittany Smith.
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Tina Louise Dyer Smith Obituary
Tina Smith Memorial Service
South Boston, VA - Friends and family celebrated the life of 41-year-old Tina Smith in South Boston Saturday. You may remember, Smith died in an apparent homicide in Roanoke County earlier this month.
Her death was followed by a nation wide search for her missing 12-year-old daughter Brittany, later found in California with her alleged abductor, Jeffrey Easley.
Smith's pastor called on her friends and family to remember her not just for her "quick departure" but also for the life that she lived.
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Candle light service for Brittany Smith's safe return
Friends and family of 12-year-old Brittany Smith gathered at Constitution Square in South Boston Sunday. They held a candle light service for her safe return. You may remember, she was discovered earlier this month in San Francisco with her alleged abductor, Jeffrey Easley. The event started at 4:00 p.m.
About a dozen friends and family organized this event before Brittany was found; they were happy to change it from a candlelight vigil to a candlelight celebration. It was bittersweet; some friends of the family got up on stage and spoke about how difficult it was to lose Tina, but how happy they were that Brittany was safe.
Brittany Smith appears in South Boston, thanks crowd for outpouring
Brittany Smith appeared at a gathering to welcome her back to her hometown of South Boston on Sunday evening. The 12-year-old has been largely sequestered with family since she was found in San Francisco on Dec. 10 with her accused abductor, Jeffrey Easley.
Tina Smith remembered for service, kindness
The Rev. John Eure doesn't want people to remember Tina Smith for how she died.
"Even though this is part of a story in Tina's life, it is not the whole story of Tina's life," Eure said. "The murder should not define who she was."
The pastor urged about 175 of Smith's family and friends, gathered at Ash Avenue Baptist Church in South Boston on Saturday for Smith's memorial service, to remember the 41-year-old nurse for her quirky ways, her kindness and her service to others.
Jeffrey Scott Easley off suicide watch
The man accused of abducting 12-year-old Brittany Mae Smith has been taken off suicide watch while he sits in a jail cell.
On Saturday, jail officials at Western Virginia Regional Jail placed Jeffrey Scott Easley, 32, on "special" watch; the only difference being he no longer has to wear a suicide-preventing smock. The smock is tear resistant to prevent an inmate from using scraps of their clothes to form a noose.
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Preliminary hearing set for February
Jeffrey Scott Easley was arraigned Friday on a charge of abducting 12-year-old former South Boston resident Brittany Mae Smith, according to Roanoke County Public Information Director Teresa Hamilton Hall.
The arraignment took place in Roanoke County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Roanoke County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Leach will proscute the case and was in court for the arraignment.
During the brief court appearance, Easley requested a court appointed attorney, Hall said.
After an exchange of financial information, Judge Philip Trompeter granted Easley’s request.
Easley: Brittany Smith rode along voluntarily
Accused abductor Jeffrey Easley said in a letter from jail that 12-year-old Brittany Smith was his willing cross-country travelling companion.
"I did not kidnapp her or take her aginest her will," Easley, 32, wrote in a letter postmarked Thursday from the Western Virginia Regional Jail. "She made me promise not to leave her."
VA abduction case sent to grand jury
The case against a man accused of abducting his slain girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter is going to a Roanoke County grand jury.
Roanoke County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Philip Trompeter found probable cause Tuesday to certify the abduction charge against Jeffrey Easley to the grand jury. The Roanoke Times reports that the grand jury is scheduled to meet April 1.
Easley's abduction charge advances to grand jury
A grand jury will hear felony abduction charges against Jeffrey Easley after a judge found probable cause to advance the case Tuesday morning.
Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Philip Trompeter also refused to grant Easley bond, meaning he will remain in jail.
Virginia man bound over in cross country abduction of girl
A Virginia judge on Tuesday sent to a grand jury the case against a man accused of abducting a 12-year-old girl whose mother was later found dead.
Roanoke County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Philip Trompeter found probable cause during a preliminary hearing for Jeffrey Scott Easley, who is accused of taking the girl across the country before being spotted outside a San Francisco supermarket.
The judge also denied Easley's bond request, Roanoke County spokeswoman Teresa Hall said.
Abduction charge certified against Jeffrey Easley
A judge has certified the abduction charge against Easley and next the case will go to a grand jury.
Easley is accused of taking 12-year-old Brittany Mae Smith back in December after her mother, Tina, was found bound and beaten to death in her bedroom.
Some new information about the case came out in the preliminary hearing, but not nearly as much as was expected, although it was enough for a juvenile and domestic judge to find probable cause to move the abduction charge forward.
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Charges against Jeffrey Easley move forward
A Roanoke County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge certifies the felony abduction charge against Jeffrey Easley. Easley is accused of taking 12-year-old Brittany Smith across the country, after her mother's death. The grand jury is expected to take up the abduction charge on April 1.
We heard details of Tina Smith's murder for the first time, during Easley's preliminary hearing. An investigator testified Smith's body was found in a bedroom of her Ft. Lewis Circle home, bound with cord. He stated her hands were swollen and there were red stains about her head. The investigator stopped short of saying how Tina Smith died.
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Easley indicted for abduction, court date July 28-29
A Roanoke County Circuit Court grand jury returned an indictment on Friday in the abduction case against Jeffrey Scott Easley. His court date for the abduction charge — with the intent to defile — is July 28 and 29.
Jeffrey Easley indicted on charge of abduction with intent to sexually assault Brittany Smith
Roanoke County authorities have tightened their legal grip on Jeffrey Easley, alleging Friday that he abducted Brittany Smith with the intent of sexually assaulting the 12-year-old girl.
But four months after Smith's mother was found dead in her home -- and Easley was identified by police as a suspect -- no charges have been brought in connection with the killing.
The death of Tina Smith in her Fort Lewis Circle home in December remains under investigation as police wait for results of forensic tests, said Lt. Chuck Mason of the Roanoke County Police Department.
Roanoke County detective honored by missing group for Brittany Smith
Detective Christopher Welch will be honored on Capitol Hill later this month by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for his work on the Brittany Smith disappearance. Smith went missing and her mother was found dead in their Roanoke County home. The 12-year-old was later found in San Francisco with Jeff Easley.
Ayden native indicted in Virginia capital murder
An Ayden native has been indicted in Virginia for capital murder.
Jeffrey Easley was indicted today by a Roanoke County grand jury for murder in the commission of abduction with intent to defile.
Jeffrey Easley gets new lead attorney
Sporting a bushy, slightly graying beard and a wide smile, Jeffrey Scott Easley returned to Roanoke County Circuit Court on Wednesday.
After a brief appearance, he had a newly appointed lead attorney to help defend him against a capital murder charge in the December death of Tina Smith.
In a 15-minute hearing, Judge James Swanson appointed Salem attorney Mark Claytor to be Easley's lead attorney in the capital case.
Team earns national award for news in Brittany Smith case [The Roanoke Times, Va.]
[June 11, 2011]
(Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) June 11--The public information team that kept the country abreast of breaking news in the Brittany Smith abduction case has won a national award for its work
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Jeffrey Easley's lawyers head to San Francisco to gather evidence
The man charged with capital murder of a Roanoke County woman and the abduction of her daughter last year was back in court today. Jeffrey Easley is accused of killing Tina Smith and taking her then 12-year-old daughter to San Francisco during a nationwide manhunt in December of 2010.
Easley’s attorneys, Tom Roe and Mark Claytor, asked a judge to approve a four day trip to San Francisco at the end of the month to review statements, evidence and to interview potential witnesses
Easley lawyers to travel to San Francisco to prepare capital murder defense
Defense lawyers for Jeffrey Easley, accused of the capital murder of a Roanoke County woman and the abduction of her then 12-year-old daughter, will travel to San Francisco to research the man and girl’s last hours together.
Suspect in abduction of girl, killer her mother due in court today
Jeffrey Easley is scheduled to appear in Roanoke County Circuit Court this afternoon in a hearing related to his alleged abduction of a 12-year-old girl in December 2010 and her mother’s murder.
The hearing begins at 12:15 p.m. It’s unknown what the attorneys will ask.
Man pleads guilty in killing os SoBo resident
Jeffrey Scott Easley, 33, pleaded no contest Tuesday to killing 41-year-old Tina Dyer Smith, a former South Boston resident.
In return for the no contest plea Tuesday, prosecutors dropped abduction charges against Easley.
VA man pleads no contest to killing girlfriend
A Roanoke County man will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading no contest to a murder charge in the death of his girlfriend.
Former Ayden man avoids death penalty with murder plea
A former Ayden man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading no contest to capital murder.