As a result of the ongoing investigation into the murder of former Berryville Council member Gail Smith, additional indictments were handed down by a Nottoway County Grand Jury this week. Investigators from the Berryville Police Department, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Farmville Police Department, and Nottoway County Sheriff’s Office have tirelessly worked on this homicide and those efforts yielded information to secure additional indictments in relational to a murder for hire plot.
Timothy Smith Jr., Edward Visosky, and Edward Poley had previously been indicted on counts of conspiracy to commit murder for hire in regards to a summer of 2008 plot to murder Gail Smith. On March 22, 2010 a Nottoway County Grand Jury also indicted Timothy Smith Jr. on two (2) counts of solicitation to commit murder for hire. Gail Smith’s sister, Deborah Smith (58 years old, of Prince Edward County, VA), was also indicted by the Grand Jury for conspiracy to commit murder for hire in relation to the summer of 2008 plot.
Members of the Berryville Police Department, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Winchester City Sheriff’s Office aided in the Grand Jury testimony this week and recovered a vehicle belonging to the estate of Gail Smith that was being kept at the residence where Deborah Smith resides. Sheriff Millholland had been appointed by the Clarke County Circuit Court to administer Gail Smith’s estate in earlier court proceedings. The vehicle was recovered during the execution of the indictment on Deborah Smith at her residence and transported back to Winchester.