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Friday, December 10, 2010

Grand jury indicts man in pregnant Elmira woman's death

Grand jury indicts man in pregnant Elmira woman's death
City court hearing canceled Friday

By G. Jeffrey Aaron •
Star Gazette

A Chemung County grand jury has indicted Arteamus Wells -- accused in Monday's slaying of 19-year-old Erin Jade Smith of Elmira -- on a charge of second-degree murder, according to documents on file at Elmira City Court.

Wells, 35, and currently in the Chemung County Jail with no bail, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Judge Steven Forrest in City Court on Friday morning. He was arrested at the murder scene by Elmira police soon after the incident.

However, with the grand jury receiving the case on Thursday and deciding to indict Wells, the preliminary hearing was canceled.

According to court papers, Wells told police he choked Smith, his former girlfriend, with his arm, stabbed her with a pair of scissors and strangled her with an electric cord. More...

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