Randy Smoot ar­raigned on mur­der, as­sault charges

Flint Hill sus­pect ar­rested seven times since 2008

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - By Patty Hardee Spe­cial to the Rap­pa­han­nock News

Randy Lynn Smoot, charged in the death of Jonas “Jay” Alther, was ar­raigned in Rap­pa­han­nock County Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 26. The ar­raign­ment was held by video con­fer­ence from the Rap­pa­han­nock Shenan­doah Warren Re­gional Jail in Front Royal, where Smoot is be­ing held with­out bond.

Rap­pa­han­nock County Sher­iff ’s in­ves­ti­ga­tor James Jones charged the 47-year-old Flint Hill res­i­dent with ag­gra­vated ma­li­cious wound­ing af­ter Smoot al­legedly as­saulted Alther with a heavy ob­ject, be­lieved to be an in­dus­trial flash­light.

Ac­cord­ing to Sher­iff Con­nie Comp­ton, when the RCSO re­sponded on Oc­to­ber 19 to a call for a wel­fare check at Alther’s house a few min­utes’

drive from the town of Wash­ing­ton, “Mr. Alther was un­con­scious, un­re­spon­sive and ap­peared to have sus­tained an in­jury to the head. Mr. Alther was treated by EMS and trans­ported to Inova Fair­fax hospi­tal, where [he] re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized through the week­end.”

He later suc­cumbed to his in­juries.

That same day, Smoot was also charged with first­de­gree mur­der. He has re­tained War­ren­ton at­tor­ney Mark Wil­liams and will ap­pear in court for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on De­cem­ber 19.

A check of court records shows that Smoot has been charged seven other times on var­i­ous mis­de­meanors and felonies since 2008. Sev­eral charges were dis­missed or dropped. Oth­ers re­sulted in con­vic­tions af­ter plea bar­gain­ing.

Two charges were amended down, in­clud­ing a 2012 charge of a third in­ci­dence of DWI in five to 10 years. That felony charge was cer­ti­fied to the grand jury. In March of 2013, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of a se­cond in­ci­dence of DWI in five years, also a felony.

He was sen­tenced to 12 months in jail, with seven months sus­pended, and one year of un­su­per­vised pro­ba­tion. His driver’s li­cense was sus­pended for three years and he was or­dered to at­tend Vir­ginia’s al­co­hol aware­ness pro­gram.

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