Greene County

UPDATE: Grandmother murder suspect arraigned in Greene County

Body of Jessica Morrison was found in August

A Greene County grandmother that police said killed a pregnant Afton woman last summer then dumped her body was arraigned Friday in Criminal Court in Greeneville.

Vonda Smith turned herself in after a grand jury indicted her in March on two counts of first-degree murder for the killings of Jessica Nicole Morrison, 21, and her unborn child. Police said that Morrison was the mother of Smith's grandchild from a previous relationship.

A judge refused a request from Smith's attorney to lower her $800,000 bond. She remains in jail and now has a jury trial set to begin January 8.

A motive has still not been released by police as to why Smith killed the woman. The victim's body was found at Jud Neal Loop on August 12, 2016.

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