“I am responsible”

On March 25 Walter Smith, 24, called 911 and reported finding his girlfriend Nicole Spiers dead in the bathtub with the water still running.

The Iraq War veteran told investigators that he had taken the couple’s infant twin boy and girl to a family gathering on March 24, and had returned on the 25 th about 1 am and found his girlfriend dead in the tub.

Investigators noted some suspicious aspects to the case. She reportedly had some bruising on her extremities consistent with being assaulted. And a part of Smith’s whereabouts could not be determined near the time of her death. Smith and Spiers had previously been in a relationship and had broken up, but got back together when their twins were born.

The coroner noted the time of death had occurred near the time of the 911 call. But with the evidence that was found, was unable to rule on whether the death was an accident or a homicide. In the intervening months, the case has been held open but inactive.

The twins were placed with Nicole Spiers family.

On Dec. 4 Smith reportedly went to the veteran’s hospital allegedly “saying he needed to clear his conscience of some things.” Then he called his uncle and told him that he needed to talk to him, but he couldn’t talk on the phone.

Allegedly Smith has made various statements saying “I did it.”  ‘I am responsible for Nicole Speirs death’. Reportedly when he was asked if it was an accident or something else, he said “something else happened.”

Walter Smith has been taken into custody, and charged with murder. He is undergoing mental evaluations.

Police have not released a motive for the murder and they are not giving many details on what is thought to have occurred. But it has been said it doesn’t appear as though there had been an fight and no records of pervious altercations between the couple.

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A friend has stated that Smith was haunted by his service during the Iraq war, esp. casualties of women and children. Marine officials have confirmed that Smith was in some of the most intense fighting in the war. And that the fighting resulted in the deaths of some civilians, including women and children. Smith was discharged from the Marines for medical reasons and friends have said that he promptly entered treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The article discusses how this may affected the events that led up to the murder and thoughts on it seem to be mixed.


I am not a miliatary expert or psychatrist or any kind of expert. But I have noted that their seems to be an increased risk of violence soon after a soldier returns home from war. I have no statistics to back that up, that is just an observation. The cause? I have no idea.



  1. Natalie Pratt said,

    December 19, 2006 at 12:47 am

    Natalie Pratt

    I know Walter.
    I Really can’t believe that this happened.
    I hung out with him almost everyday for a whole summer!
    I know alot of his Marine friends and actually dated and lived with the same friend Wally did before he moved to tooele.
    He all had BBQs together, drank together, hunting and camping together!
    He doesn’t seem like he would ever do something like this.
    I never met Nicole but her little Boy and little girl are abosolutely beautiful!
    I just feel terrible about the whole thing!
    I also think they should do more for the Men that come home from fighting in a war……I know that they are pretty much on their own after they are done fighting. They have been to hell and back for everyone here in America. It seems like no one cares and no one understands. I dont know if anyone will understand how they feel and what they went through. I know that the men who have fought and men like Wally struggle on a day to day basis. I can remember a number of times when I knew they were having flash backs and memories. Certain sounds, certain smells, certain people will take them back to that very dreaded day on April 8th. They had the courage to fight for their country and I have seen first hand what it has done to their families and their lives.
    my e mail is nataliejill2005@hotmail.com
    feel free to ask me anything you would like to!
    Thanks for your time
    Natalie Pratt

  2. Angela said,

    August 6, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    There is no excuse for taking a human life…NONE. I don’t care how much stress you are under or what life has put you through. Murder is inexcusable. Now there are two small children, who will never know their mother and her mother, father, and sister who will always have a void in their life and grief that no one should have to endure. If you want to feel bad for someone, it should be her family and her children. If he was so stressed and unstable than he should have stayed away from anyone he would hurt and check himself into a clinic where he would be constantly supervised. He had a choice in the matter and he chose to take the life of a young girl in her prime who never did a thing to deserve it. He is evil and manipulative and he should serve life in prison. He had the nerve to show up at her funeral and then leave the cemetary and not go to the church afterwards so that he could go drink with his friends. He felt no guilt and knows exactly what he did.

  3. Jessica said,

    August 7, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Nicole Speirs was a wonderful woman that had so much to offer this world. But thanks to Walter Smith, that is no longer an option. He took the life of an innocent, beautiful, young mother and now her twins will never get to know her for who she really was. Not only did he take her from her children, but from her parents, sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends. I am Nicole’s cousin and I never have to chance to hug my cousin and tell her I love her ever again, because he took her away from us. What he has done has left a huge void in our family, and that can never be filled. Not poor Walter because he went to Iraq, poor Nicole who never had a chance to live life and be a mother to her twins. I hope he rots in prison for the rest of his life and thinks about what he has done every day.

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