Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Son Convicted in First-Degree Murder of Mother.(Final)

Byline: Matt Joyce Journal Staff Writer

36-Year-Old Man Faces Life Sentence

Jurors overcame their disbelief that a 36-year-old man could shoot his own mother in the head, convicting Michael Shane Smartt of first-degree murder Friday.

"It was so emotional and disturbing for everybody because nobody understood what kind of person could commit matricide on a mother who would support him as an adult," said Amanda Banks, a 23-year-old jury member.

"I think because of that we all wanted him to be innocent," she said.

But the public-defense team fell short in its attempt to portray the accusation of murder as an assumption based on unfounded conclusions. …

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