Aiken Investigators Search For Clues In Middle School Teacher's Murder - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Aiken Investigators Search For Clues In Middle School Teacher's Murder

By Renita Crawford/Wjbf News Channel 6

Aiken, SC -- According to documents filed in Family Court, 5 months before her murder, Ann Fox Smith filed for divorce from her husband of 25 years, accusing him of having a affair with another woman. In the complaint, dated November 29th, 2007, Smith accuses her husband, Wilson Smith, Jr. of physically assaulting her on nunerous occasions during the marriage. In it, she asks for a restraining order to keep him from calling her, or coming near her. But, a clerk says the case never made it to court because a hearing date was never set.

The 47-year-old Kennedy Middle School teacher was stabbed to death at her Whitney Road home, early Friday morning. Authorities say Smith didn't show up for school, Friday morning, so co-workers went to her home about 1 p.m. and found her unresponsive.

There are no suspects.

Lt. David Turno, Aiken Department of Public Safety: "Investigators have worked this throughout the weekend, have interviewed a number of family members, co-workers and friends, in reference to this case. They're still asking for the public's help to call in any information they may have, no matter how small, to lead to the conclusion to the case."

Smith and her husband have 3 children. In the divorce proceeding, Ann Smith asked for custody of the couple's youngest child, who is 16-years-old.

Smith taught special needs and hearing-impaired students at Kennedy.

In a statement, e-mailed to WJBF-TV News Channel 6, School Prinicpal Ben Osbourne says Smith will be greatly missed, and it will be difficult to fill the void left by this special lady.

Calls to Ann Smith's attorney were not returned. Calls made to her estranged husband's home were answered by a male who would not give his name and said, "no comment."

investigators won't say if they've recovered the murder weapon. They say there was no sign of forced entry into her home.

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