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Campbell woman pleads in grandmother’s death

A Campbell County woman described as having a history of mental illness pleaded guilty this week to reduced charges in the strangling death of her grandmother in 2016. Jodi Smith was originally charged with first-degree murder in the strangulation death of Mona Marcum, but pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in her death and was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with no chance at early release.

Marcum and her husband had been living with Smith after their home had burned.

Smith, whose defense attorney argued has a long standing history of mental illness, wasn’t being treated for her undisclosed condition which the Public Defender’s office said “did not rise to the extreme legal standards necessary to be not guilty by reason of insanity in Tennessee.”

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