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New Cold Case Task Force Looks At Marcie Smith Case

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by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - District Attorney Bill Whitesell announced a new 16th Judicial District Cold Case Task Force which combines the efforts of local police and sheriff's departments in Rutherford and Cannon counties to solve mysterious cold cases.

"I think there is no doubt we can bring closure to these crimes and to the family members of victims," said Murfreesboro police chief Glenn Chrisman.

The announcement coincided with the arrest of 46-year-old Michael Tuse last Sunday night in Murfreesboro.  He was wanted in connection with a cold case murder from March of last year.

General Whitesell said the task force will work to solve all cold cases, but for the first time answered questions about the mysterious case of Marcie Smith.

Smith disappeared six years ago. Her husband Palmer Smith has long been a prime suspect in the case, but he has never been charged with her murder.  Palmer has always denied any wrongdoing.

Whitesell believes that Marcie is dead.

"I know it, but I can't prove it," said Whitesell, who was then asked if it drove him crazy. "It does."

Whitesell said the problem with bringing a murder charge is the lack of a body.  Marcie has never been found, so it's difficult to even declare that she is dead.

When asked if Palmer Smith has cooperated with investigators, Whitesell said Smith has probably spoken more with reporters than detectives who are trying to solve the case.  But he insists his office has not given up on the case.

Even without a body, Whitesell said a case can possibly be made.  He points to the Perry March case in Nashville where prosecutors convicted March even without finding his wife Janet's body.

Whitesell said it just would take a strong circumstantial case.


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