Whatever happened to Michele Rene Smith?

One of the new cases I posted today was Alexander M. Smith, who disappeared from Virginia Beach in 2000. I learned that his wife, Michele, was charged with his murder in 2005. And then, nothing. I couldn’t find anything about a trial. I wrote that Michele was still awaiting trial and that is quite conceivable — murder cases always take forever to get through the system. But maybe the charges against her were dismissed. I simply don’t know and don’t know how to find out. Looking for a “Michele Smith” brings to mind the old needle/haystack thing

13 thoughts on “Whatever happened to Michele Rene Smith?

  1. Meaghan November 4, 2011 / 7:38 pm

    Ok, thanks. I will update his casefile with this info.

  2. Cattt November 5, 2011 / 3:14 am

    “She’s apparently been free for years, with no trial on the horizon.”….oh wow

  3. Alyssa Roberts January 19, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    This is my father and i hope people reep what they sew

    • Rachael Cardin March 21, 2018 / 11:30 am

      Good morning Alyssa, I am a reporter at News 3 and am investigating a story from back in 2005. Is your father Alexander Smith? If not please disregard this message, there are a few women with your name. IF yes, please message me or text/call 757-282-3479. I am following up on the woman charged in the case and wanted to see if we could help each other get to the bottom of what happened.

  4. Tracey Reitterer February 8, 2012 / 10:02 pm

    Meaghan, I checked in with VA Beach Commonwealth Attorney Paul Powers and lead detective Ray Pickell. The disposition of “Not True Bill” on Michele’s judiciary record means charges were dropped. Reason being: witnesses recanted their statements. Even with the van and couch with bullet hole, they felt without witness testimony or Alex’s body, they wouldn’t get a conviction. Hope this helps.

    Tracey in Baltimore

  5. Marcy February 9, 2012 / 10:54 am

    Tracey: That’s not quite correct. I was an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in the area for several years. The “not true bill” designation means that a grand jury failed to indict her. The Commonwealth’s Attorney could have chosen to submit the case to a grand jury again, or to indict her directly. Perhaps the witness issues were why that didn’t happen. But in this situation, both the state’s attorneys as well as a group of citizens reviewed the evidence and didn’t find enough to proceed. Unfortunately, cases like that are almost impossible to prosecute.

  6. Concerned April 13, 2014 / 11:42 am

    I don’t understand how you people can sit and judge people you don’t know or can talk about a case you know nothing about. Maybe instead of worrying about what happen to Michele Smith maybe you should focus on where Alexander Smith is and why he left his wife and kids after almost 13 years, and then left his other illegitimate daughter Alyssa. Her mom and Alexander dropped her and left her so who is to say they both didn’t just leave.

    • SMITH May 10, 2016 / 5:54 pm


  7. West coast prosecutor March 15, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    Well she just got arrested for sell marijuana and no bond in the same area. She has a new last name and it was in the paper in a small article therefore that tells the arrest is a lot deeper than just marijuana.

    • His Family March 18, 2018 / 2:00 pm

      In what state

  8. His Family March 18, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    Comma is a B so you reap what you sow.

    • Michelle Sucks December 4, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      I’m sure today was a great day for you all!

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