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.
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.