Woman Freed After Killing Boyfriend Christmas Day: New Details Emerge On Relationship

Saginaw, Mich. –  The woman accused of shooting and killing her boyfriend on Christmas Day in Grand Rapids was released from the Kent County Jail as prosecutors continue to look into whether or not they should charge her.

Prosecutors say Taneesha Smith is claiming she shot Darwin Demarcus Weathers, 34, in self-defense.

The couple moved to Grand Rapids from Saginaw about four months ago.

We looked into some documents from the Saginaw County courthouse and discovered Weathers had a history of domestic violence reports in Saginaw including alleged threats against Smith.

A Buena Vista Township Police document said Smith reported that Weathers threatened her in September after she had dropped her children off at school.

Smith reported that he began arguing with her over custody of their child.

She claimed Weathers pushed her down and pulled out a black semi-auto pistol from his back, racked the slide and pointed it at her saying, “I am not messing with you, I’ll kill you.”

Taneesha told police she and her 3-year-old son and her sister then left the house.

Smith moved to Grand Rapids shortly after she filed the report.

Weathers later followed her after the two reportedly got back together.

Weathers also has a history of weapons violations including felony firearm charges that go back about 10 years.

In addition to Taneesha Smith’s report, we found protection orders taken out by two other women against Smith in 1998 and 2002.

With Smith now saying she shot Weathers to defend herself, the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office is working with detectives to sort out whether that is indeed the case.

“She was released because it’s still under investigation,” said Prosecutor Bill Forsyth. “She’s claiming self-defense.  She was released because we can’t hold her indefinitely.  We are not in a position to charge her at this point.”

Court documents also indicate Smith reported being a victim of domestic violence in a previous relationship.

When she reported the threat against Weathers in September, it was her sixth reported case of domestic violence in Saginaw County.

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22 comments

  • Timothy

    SO EVERY WOMEN IN G.R. THAT GETS SLAPPED BY A HOLE, HAS THE RIGHT TO PICK UP A GUN AND SHOOT SOMEONE? THIS STORY GIVES THE WRONG IMPRESSION TO PEOPLE.

    • Anonymous

      She has no criminal background!! He has been pulling guns on her for years now and i assume that is what he did to her on christmas, in front of her children. I am her relative and i know the story. Would you let someone shoot you or fight for your life?!

      • Anonymous

        she should of been out of that relationship years ago, but I feel with his past violence against her and others he would of killed some one sooner or later. this just saves us tax money..
        my sister was in an abusive relationship , she reported it and it just became worse for her cause the cops did nothing. she ended up killing her self. this was years ago and times have changed..

  • Anonymous

    And I’d like to see all your a**es “self defend” your selves when your man is whooping you an has a gun pulled on you, you don’t know what this women been threw an if it were the other way around where she was dead then no one would be talkin

  • cordis

    There is absolutely no way in michigan that a man would be released pending further investigation if he was claiming self defense. I can almost safely assume her background is right up the same alley as his. You are right no one knows what this "woman" (women means more than one…. prolly should have an education before you debate) has been through. There are tons of other options beside fighting violence with violence. She had removed herself from the situation and allowed the man back into her life, I highly doubt that she was acting in complete self defense. They didnt report any physical altercations the night of the shooting or the days prior to it.

  • saster23

    Good thing he is dead, she's be living with him today, again. This is a bunch of crap. We don't know what she has been thru but we know she "HAS" to have a man, any low life will do.

  • Timothy

    Prosecutor Bill Forsyth Won't keep anyone in jail, but the "POTHEADS" in Grand Rapids. Maybe its time he gets replaced. How many other laws were violated in this case? Shooting a gun within city limits, And Child indangerment is just a start….. COME ON BILL, I WANT TO HEAR YOUR BLAME THIS ON POT! YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO……

    • cop

      lets say someone comes in your house to rob you, you confront him and he pulls a gun on you.
      you shoot him with your gun with your kids their. should you be charged with shooting a gun in city limits or child endangerment????? why don't you lay off the pot and save the brain cells you have left if their is any left.

      • B A

        Why don't you lay off the hypothetical situations and deal with the real one, which is a woman murders her boyfriend and the law does nothing about it. How do you know this was self defense, because she says so? Assuming you are a real cop, it is ridiculous how you are making excuses for this low-life prosecutor. It is also ridiculous how little you cops and prosecutors enforce the law against women. Women literally get away with murder thanks to pigs like you.

  • Kim

    Any of you been in this situation? Well Ive been in a abusive relationship. And I am a middle class white woman. I suggest you keep your mouths shut unless youve been in her shoes. Listen to the song by Everlast! "Then You Might Really Know What Its Like" PLEASE!

  • 2013worldseries

    What I would like to know is why would any sane person allow a gun totin fool around in the first place, especially when there are children involved. If she could get her hands on that gun so easily, so could the children. There seems to be no regard for the children, which is the case in way too many stories these days.

  • MYOB Please

    Interesting debate here. However, most of you probably have no idea what it's like to be physically abused by someone who claims to love you. This is what happens when a woman feels she only deserves a "low life" because no one bothered to encourage her to live up to her potential and encourage a positive level of self-esteem. Any children in this case are the most vulnerable victims and it's sad to see that their lives are starting out as witnesses to unhealthy relationships. Instead of being critical and judgemental, try praying for a peaceful and just resolution and then go on to mind your own business.

  • 2013worldseries

    MYOB, stop looking for excuses for her already. She had the brains to get out of a previous relationship that was abusive and she filed several complaints against this guy. Working with safe homes and similar charities, I know there is plenty of information and education out there to help battered women that want to help themselves especially when children are involved. I really do not have an opinion on whether or not this guy had it coming but as everyone knows, you live by the gun, etc. I am so tired of people having an excuse and blaming everything on someone else. Furthermore, minding our own business is not what debates are for and why did you sign up?

  • Truthhurts2012

    NICE 2013, I was just about to go that route with MYOB also. She is posting on intensedebate tellin people to mind their business. The bottom line is she chose the lifestyle!!! She was out of it, relocated, and then allowed him back into her life, and her new home. I am curious as to the outcome of this case and am gonna try to follow it to the end.

  • UNKNOWN

    WELL FROM WHAT I KNOW HE TOLD HER FAMILY WHAT HE WOULD DO TO THEM IF SHE DIDNT COME BACK OR TELL HIM WHERE SHE WAS SO IF YOU WAS HER WHAT WOULD YOU DO TAKE HIM WITH YOU IF YOUR FAMILY ON THE LINE AN THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH NOTHING SO IF YOU WERE HER WHAT WOULD YOU DO REALLY PEOPLE

    • uknown

      she knew what danger she was in if this wasnt the first fight they had so if she wanted to go foward with the relationship thats her fault she need to be locked up!! if it was the other way around he would of been in jail and guilty! this is not self defense what so ever it was just an abusive unhealty relationship!!!

    • uknown

      thats what the police are for you sound so dumb so she took him with her and after 4 months she finally kills him after he told her family some bs like that ?? and when was this told to the family?"the family" aint have sense to make a police report when there life is being putting in danger ? before you comment make sense of what u are speaking on!! he aint been did nothing to her family and if he was gne try sumn he would of been in jail not dead!! nobody deserves there life taken by another life! she deserves to be in jail

  • NoOneInParticular

    My advice to any woman that encounters abuse, and man, if you allow anyone to beat you, it will always happen. Listen up LEAVE HIM, and GET OUT OF THE RELATIONSHIP. If you have made the choice to leave him, get a restraining order against him and keep it moving. If you are afraid of him, call the police every time he comes to your house. You don't go back to him especially when there is physical abuse going on and children are involved. Never put yourself nor your children in harms way. Prevent tragic situations by getting out of abusive relationships. Just not worth it!

  • B A

    "We are not in a position to charge her at this point." You mean her confession to murder isn't enough to put you "in a position" charge her with murder?

    Bill Forsythe has other things on his mind, like filing a lawsuit against GR for its marijuana decriminalization. He can't be bothered to do his real job, which is to put mudrers in prison. Bill Forsythe, if you are reading this, you are a true low-life piece of sh*t.