Woman Freed From Jail Following Boyfriend’s Shooting Death

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  The woman who was locked up for open murder has been freed from the Kent County Jail, and according to the jail, her open murder charges were also dismissed.

“Taneesha Smith was released because it’s still under investigation.  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,” Kent County Prosecutor Bill Forsyth said.

According to police, Smith was arrested on Christmas night after she shot and killed her boyfriend in her home on Leonard Street Northeast.

FOX 17 News learned that in previous years, two other women filed separate protection orders against the shooting victim, Darwin DeMarcus Weathers, and that those orders came out of Saginaw County.

At last check, the reason for Smith’s release is unknown, but FOX 17 will stay in touch with the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office to determine the reason.

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  • leo

    why did she have to go to jail? people like demarcus are animals..the police should of checked his record in the begining to get a feel for this person….we feel bad for miss smith…

    • Derrick Bates

      That was my brother and who are you to call him an animal. Did you know Darwin? Never judge a book if youve never read a few chapters…MUTHAFUCKA!!!!

  • Wanda

    I have no problem with her release but am struck by the irony of the fact that this woman who killed someone is freed and the woman who swore at someone in Berrien Co. is still in jail.

  • 2013worldseries

    Whatever the circumstances were for the shooting, I just hope the kids won't have to go through this again. Please pick a dude with a nonviolent history for your children's sake.

  • Mark

    i bet if it was the other way around they GUY would be sent for the least 5yrs. Sounds like women these days are getting less harsher charges