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Woman suspected of fatally shooting husband almost seven years ago captured in Mexico, authorities say

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Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department; UNSPLASH

Mar. 23 2022, Published 3:39 p.m. ET

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A California woman suspected of murdering her husband almost seven years ago was captured in Mexico, authorities recently announced.

In May 2015, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department took a missing person report on Antoine Smith, 35, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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“Friends and co-workers became increasingly concerned after they received text messages from Antoine’s cellphone number, which were not consistent with Antione’s messaging style,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

Deputies performing a wellbeing check at the Victorville home the missing man shared with his wife, Leticia Smith, found him dead from gunshot wounds.

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Detectives named Leticia Smith a suspect in the murder and believed she fled to Mexico with the couple’s two daughters, who at the time were ages 8 and 4.


Last December, a cold case unit began to reinvestigate the murder and located the 40-year-old suspect living in Rosarita, Mexico.

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On March 4, the U.S. Marshals Service working with Mexican authorities apprehended Leticia Smith and she was extradited to California, where she was being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

The couple’s two daughters were found safe.

arrest in mexico
Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department; UNSPLASH

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