Woman charged with murdering her father in Wayne County

Lea Smith (left) and her husband Antuan Smith (right) are charged with first degree murder (Wayne County Sheriff's Office)

Detectives say the remains of a body found in Wayne County on Monday belonged to a missing person, and three people have since been arrested in connection with the murder.

On Feb. 27, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office received a missing person's report for 59-year-old Walter Lee Jordan. His daughter Lea Deatrice Monroe reported him missing.

On April 6, authorities discovered Jordan's body in a shallow grave behind a home on Boykin Drive in Dudley, NC. Jordan used to share the home with his daughter.

Monroe, who is now Lea Smith since her marriage, has been charged with the murder of her father. Also charged is Smith's recent husband Antaun Keith Smith.

Detectives said even though Jordan wasn't reported missing until February 27, he hadn't been seen since the middle of December 2014.

Antaun Smith was arrested on March 24 after authorities discovered he was using Jordan's bank cards to withdraw money from Jordan's bank account.

Detectives said Lea and Antaun Smith were considered suspects early in the investigation. The Smiths got married during the investigation, on March 18.

The third person arrested was Lashonna Robinson. She is charged with accessory after the fact. It is unclear what her relationship is to the Smiths.

Lashonna Robinson



The Smiths are being held under no bond. Robinson is held under a $50,000 secured bond.

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