COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Candace Smith testified Wednesday that she heard Westerville police officers say “don’t do it, don’t it” in the moments before gunfire erupted between the officers and her husband, Quentin Smith.
Quentin Smith is on trial for the murders of Westerville officer Anthony Morelli and Officer Eric Joering.
Candace Smith described the abusive relationship she had with her husband and the violence that had occurred during the morning of Feb 10, 2018. She testified that Quentin Smith had punched and choked her to the point of losing consciousness.
“I remember waking up to him slapping the side of my face and saying my name.”
She says then made the 911 hangup call that prompted the police response.
Candace Smith says her husband confronted her carrying two guns – hers and his own. She testified that he asked her to hold the guns as they went toward the door where officers were knocking. She told jurors she refused and said Smith then stuck the guns in the cushions of the couch before opening the door.
“He just got done beating me up and he has a gun,” she testified telling the officers. She said she then stepped past the officers to get outside thinking they would arrest her husband. But instead, she says, Quentin Smith reached to the sofa.
“Don’t do it. Don’t do it,” she recalled hearing the officers telling Smith.
Then she heard the exchange of gunfire.
Under cross examination, Candace Smith testified that her husband suffered from schizoaffective disorder and PTSD and had not been taking his medications. Judge Richard Frye later cautioned jurors they could not consider that information relative to the specific crimes.
The judge said no more witnesses are scheduled for either the prosecution or the defense. He said jurors will likely hear closing arguments Thursday afternoon and could begin deliberations Friday morning.
If convicted of aggravated murder, Quentin Smith could face the possibility of the death penalty.
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