Man Indicted For First-Degree Murder Of Girlfriend

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(Memphis) The boyfriend of a Memphis special-ed teacher found murdered last August was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder charges.

Carl Smith, Jr., is charged with killing 32-year-old Bronsha Lewis in her apartment.

Investigators said a hammer was found nearby, and blood was on the walls and ceilings.

Smith was arrested after being found in West Memphis, driving Lewis’ stolen car.

Smith has a history of abusing Lewis.

Court records show in April 2012, police arrested Smith for beating her up.

On that day in 2012, Lewis told officers she was afraid for her life and that she grabbed a kitchen knife in self-defense to keep him away and to help her escape from the home.

Two days later, police say Smith came back with a gun, threatening to hurt Lewis if she went forward with the domestic assault charges.

Lewis filed a restraining order, and family members told WREG Smith just got out of jail in June for the crime.