Taryn Summers Charged Emmett Woman Waives Right to Early Preliminary Hearing; reduction of obligation refused
Connie Ann Smith, 54, of Emmett, is charged with failure to notify a death and destroying evidence.
EMMETT, Idaho – The grandmother of Taryn Summers, the eight-year-old girl whose body was found in a garbage bag inside a car, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Monday afternoon.
Connie Ann Smith, 54, of Emmett, is charged with failing to notify a death and destroying evidence.
During Monday’s hearing, Smith waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing. She is scheduled to appear in court again on May 25, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Smith’s attorney, Mark Coontz, asked Judge Tyler Smith to reduce his bail from $ 800,000 to $ 200,000, saying that while the charges against Smith were serious, he didn’t think she posed a risk. leak. Coontz also said Smith would be willing to allow the court to have his location via GPS at any time if his bond was reduced.
The request was ultimately dismissed. His bond remains at $ 800,000.
Smith was originally incarcerated in Ada County Jail for first degree murder, but he is not currently facing murder charges. If found guilty, she could face up to 10 years in prison for failing to notify the charge, and up to five years for destruction of evidence.
Authorities have not officially released the victim’s name or cause of death, although Gem County Sheriff Donnie Wunder has said the corpse is Taryn Summers.
Following the preliminary hearing, Gem County District Attorney Erick B. Thomson released a statement about the other two missing children in Emmett:
The prosecutor’s office says Taylor Summers (aka Taylor Quinton) and Tristan Sexton have been questioned face to face by law enforcement and are not in danger at this time.
This is an ongoing criminal investigation and prosecution. The prosecutor’s office will continue to provide updates only as appropriate and does not plan to respond beyond the updates provided.
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