Crime

Wife of man accused of shooting pregnant woman testifies about relationship

The wife of Steven Smith, the man who’s accused of attempting to shoot to death a woman who was pregnant with his child, took the stand in court Tuesday.

Renee Smith testified that she and her husband, Steven Smith, have had “ups and downs” in their relationship, which has lasted more than six years, but that she trusts him.

And they were trying to work through their problems, which included his admissions that he’d cheated on her and impregnated Gina Stanko, she said.

Renee and Steven Smith were engaged at the time of the shooting on Nov. 6, 2009, and married on April 19, 2010, she testified.

Prosecutor Andy Cadena called her as a witness and asked her several questions about texts they sent back and forth in the days and hours leading up to the shooting.

Cadena asked Renee Smith if she’d sent him a text the morning of the shooting saying, “I can’t take this anymore; I’m giving my notice.”

Renee Smith testified she had sent the text, but added that she and her husband were working through their problems, and the message meant that she was moving in with her mother for the time being.

Cadena has argued that Renee Smith’s indication that she’d leave him gave Steven Smith a motive to shoot Stanko.

Steven Smith’s attorney, Ilan Funke-Bilu, said that his client will testify and explain what happened, disputing Stanko’s side of the story.

The trial resumes 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Judge John Trice’s courtroom.

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