BOTHELL: Detectives arrest beating death suspect

June 28, 2013 

Detectives finally felt they had enough evidence Thursday to arrest the estranged husband of a woman who was beaten to death in February, a Bothell police spokesman said.

Detectives arrested Alan J. Smith for investigation of murder in the death of his wife, Susann Smith, Sgt. Ken Seuberlich said.

Alan Smith had been considered a person of interest and then a suspect.

“Bits and piece of evidence continue to come in,” Seuberlich said. “Detectives felt comfortable today to arrest him on the murder of Susann.”

He was taken into custody at the same home where his wife was killed. He is being booked into the Snohomish County Jail in Everett, Seuberlich said.

Smith also was arrested last Friday and charged with obstruction after he refused to turn over his passport. Bothell police also went to the home June 17 after neighbors reported screaming. Officers found Smith and his girlfriend having sex in the yard.

The girlfriend is not a suspect in the homicide investigation, Seuberlich said.

Susann Smith was found dead of severe head injuries Feb. 12 in the bathtub. She worked for a mobile game developer in Seattle.

The Associated Press

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