Columbus teen indicted in July murder of CSU student | Crime
COLUMBUS, GA - A Columbus teen was indicted for the murder of a Columbus woman that took place back in July.
Gary Smith was indicted by a grand jury on Dec. 18 for the crime of killing 21-year-old Marylul Poupart.
Smith pleaded not guilty on July 14.
During the testimony in Recorders Court, Investigator Lyon said Smith's father and mother found the body of Poupart in their backyard covered with a sheet.
Lyon's said Smith, Jr. told police he invited Poupart over after getting her number from a friend.
"He stated that yes, [he] did get into an argument with Miss Poupart and that he ended up choking her. [Smith, Jr.] panicked and he took her outside, put a sheet over her and then left."
Detective Lyon explained that Poupart had bruises all over her body on her neck, knees, and elbows; which he stated was likely from being dragged outside.
Smith, Jr. is also being charged with two counts of theft. He is accused taking her silver 2005 Cadillac Deville, an iPhone, iPad, money and her makeup.
According to investigators, Poupart recently moved to Columbus from Greenville, GA. She was a junior majoring in Biology at Columbus State University.
Copyright 2012 WTVM. All rights reserved.