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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 30, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 INSIDiTODAY: Who shot rock ’n’ roll? 11C  Saturday  April 30,2011 Vol. 145, No. 120  Photo courtesy of Jwry Schetiberg  Today’s Weather  82°  Low  50°  Full forecast 18C  oral louver run re   www.aikenstandacd.com   HUSBAND IS SUSPECT IN SMITH MURDER  Wilson Smith Jr. named by ADPS investigator in 2008 court document   nilJV    y     —    *    years    that    her    father    is    a    suspect  ■ ' ti3 m “  By KAREN DAILY  Stall writer  IX*spite yean of police repeat-dh refusing to publicly identity the estranged husband of slain middle school teacher Ann Fox Smith as a murder suspect, court documents acquired Friday show that investigators have considered Wilson Smith Jr. just that since her slaying in 2008.  The Kennedy Middle School .acher s bod) was found the bemoon of April 25, 2008, at her Whiney Urn e home. She had been tabbed multiple times, prompting a ircstorm of questions from the pubic and the media, asking who killed he mother of three and “beloved” leacher.  I  Smith  Police said publicly they had no suspects or persons of interest but were apparently reporting something different to court officials. Friday, the Aiken Standard uncovered a document filed with a pro hate iudge by the lead investigator on the case only two months after  her death.  The document, dated June lh, 2008. states that “Wilson Smith Jr. who is the husband cl the deceased has NOT been cleared and is still a suspect as of this date ‘  But in the months and years to follow, as police continued to eliminate persons of interest or suspects - two terms which officers said can be used interchangeably - Public Safety still maintained publicly that they could not identify a suspect Officers said some members of Ann Fox Smith’s family, including her youngest son Larson Smith and daughter Lauren M. Wnght, had been cleared.  Photo submitted by Ann Fox Smith’s family  Ann Fox Smith adjusts her sunglasses. This photo stood in proxy at the August 2010 wedding of Smith's daughter Lauren M. Wright  From his Twin Dragons Martial Arts & Fitness business on Dougherty Road on Friday, Wilson  "We hope this will signal to the community our justified suspicion and prompt our father s associates to come forward with any information they may have. We continue to pray for justice.  Lauren M. W right,  daughter of slain teacher Ann Fox Smith  Smith Jr. said he had no commem.  The estranged couple’s daughter said the family has known for  years that her father is a suspect and are happy the information is now public.  “My brother Larson and I are pleased that arter three years the case is finally picking up momentum.” Wright stated in an email “We hope this will signal to the community our justified suspicion and prompt our father s associates to come forward with any information they may have. We continue to pray for justice.”  In August, a State Law f ntorcement profiler came to Aiken to describe the man who killed the middle school teacher Profiler Lt. Michael Prodan said the murderer "feels good about the killing and stabbed her in a fit of •rage” for a “personal cau-e.  “He knew that he would find her alane and vulnerable at her residence at that time of the morning  Please SM SMITH, page 5A  OWING  UNDAY  The time for pickin’ and gnnntn' has come around again, as the 2011 AIKEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL returns for the sixth year in a row See details in LIVING ON THE GO tomorrow  SRNS donates $30K to Children’s Place for bus  Joseph J. Palker,  Melbourne, Fla.  Louslana Oakman Smith,  North Augusta Maryfae Sanders,  Warrenville  Miriam Togneri Posay,  Columbia  Richard Walton, Aiken Deaths and funerals 16A  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  Santa Claus paid a % isit to dozen of kids at Chil-dren’s Place Friday. So did Bugs Bunny. Really They were accompanied by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions executives, w ho provided the real gift - a $30,000 corporate donation to fully pay oft a new bus for the agency.  Children’s Place pn>-vides therapeutic sen ices to children at risk and their families. The donation will prov uJe the agency with a fourth bus. Two of the other buses have about 250,000 miles on them, said exeeutiv e director Peggy Ford “Our buses travel 5,000 miles a month to pick up children throughout the county,” she said. “Hus effort started a year ago when we got a grant from the Community Foundation from the TSRA for a down payment on a new bus. Then SRNS stepped  Former USDA director Sherrod addresses NAACP  Staff photo by Rob Novit Gathered in front of a new bus for Children's Place that Savannah River Nuclear Solutions will provide the pay ments for are, from left SRNS President Carry Flowers, Children's Place's Executive Director Peggy Ford, board Chair Gerry Owen and staff member Kelly Findley.  “This will go toward operations and help these kids,” he said. “We’re a nonprofit and we have to have community support  up and paid it oft They knew we were struggling financially, and we’re very thankful.” The contribution will save Children’s Place about $625 a month, said Gerry Owen, the agency’s board chairman.  Please see BUS, page 5A  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  Shirley Sherrod is still amazed how her new job with the U.S.  Department of Agriculture rn Georgia ureas cled so quickly rn 2010.  At the Aiken  Branch NAACP Freedom Fund banquet Fnday, Sherrod, an African American, described the ordeal of being falsely accused by a conservative blogger of racism against a white farmer in 1086.  She wa;, forced to resign from her position as the USDA Georgia director of rural development last July. Within a few days Sherrod was vindicated - in part by  Sherrod  Staff photo by Rob Novit Retired Aiken County school administrator Rosie Berry, right is recognized by Louisiana Wright as one of three "unsung heroes" at the Aiken Branch NAACP banquet  the farmer himself. But she remains baffled are! frustrated by the experience  “I can’t describe what it s like to go through thai when you has en’t done anything.  Please see NAACP, page 5A  Mtb     Calendar    3C      Classifieds    2D      Crossword    SC      Comics    4C      Dear Abby    SC      Horoscopes    sc      Markets    4B      Movie Listings    ic      Puzzles    5C      Sports __________    IB      TV Listings    2C     TAKE AN ADDITIONAL  s 5000FTOWARDS GORDAN  “ * “ Ji     Chevrolet  2031 Gordon Highway, Augusta “Just I-Mite Best of the Bobby Jones Expressway”  706-733-9411  gordonaugusta.com  Must present coupon upon arrive at deaterstup Cannot De combined wtttt any other afters  I  JI 11 111 HIH 1    B  1*3 C 009110000 1* 1    

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