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Marcie Smith Case Goes Before Tenn. Supreme Court

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by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The disappearance of Marcie Smith six years ago remains one of the mid-state's most inducing mysteries. Her husband, Palmer Smith, remains the prime suspect, but has never been charged with murder.

"Palmer Smith is still the primary suspect and there's no doubt he knows what happened and is at least partially responsible for her disappearance," said Kyle Evans with the Murfreesboro Police Department.

Smith was convicted of tampering with evidence and lying to police on the day his wife Marcie disappeared in Murfreesboro in December 2007.  He appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court and the justices heard arguments Tuesday morning. NewsChannel 5 was the only station with a reporter and camera in the courtroom.

After the hearing, 77-year-old Smith talked about what it would mean if he lost the appeal and had to serve the one year sentence.

"That's the rest of my life. That would be the end of me," said Smith.

He added that he believes his wife did meet with foul play, but not by him.

"I feel in my heart she is dead. I don't believe she could be alive anywhere and somebody killed her," said Smith.

Smith said he'd like to see the Murfreesboro Police do more to look for other suspects. He said he had no motive to kill his wife.

"Marcie and I were married 50 years. You live that long together why would you get rid of someone after 50 years.  Do it a long time ago if you are going to get rid of them," said Smith who added that he and his wife were enjoying the twilight of their lives.

Smith said he wishes Marcie's body would be found to give her a proper burial.

Detectives said the case remain open.

Smith's hearing was held on the MTSU campus as part of an advance legal studies program. The Supreme court is expected to rule on his appeal by early next year.


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