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Posted: 4:46 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013
GASTONIA, N.C. —
A Gastonia woman is now in jail, charged with killing her mother and stepfather.
Police said they are not sure why Christa Smith waited a day to turn herself in. They were searching for her when they got a surprise call from her attorney's office.
Now, she is in jail without bond.
A magistrate judge formally charged Smith for the murder of her bedridden mother, Angela Wilson, and her mother's boyfriend, Ernest Adams.
All three of them lived in a home on Seigle Avenue in Gastonia.
Fire gutted the home just before dawn on Feb. 18. Witnesses said Smith told them she tried to save her mother and thought Adams was leaving as she raced out.
Smith was the only one who made it out alive.
Investigators said they have their suspicions and they will not say what they are, but said they are certain the fire was set by Smith.
“It is an arson case and arson cases are tough anyway, but all of evidence would lead a reasonable person to believe what occurred,” said Sgt. Jimmy Arndt with the Gastonia Police Department.
She is charged with two counts of murder, not arson.
Smith is scheduled to be in district court Friday afternoon.
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