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Mother of hit-and-run suspect charged with separate homicide

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Posted at 3:13 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 13:35:12-05

CINCINNATI — A Columbia-Tusculum woman could spend the rest of her life in prison if convicted of shooting and killing an acquaintance during an argument, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Friday afternoon.

Amanda Marksberry, 37, stands charged with aggravated murder, felonious assault and two counts of murder in connection to the Dec. 5 death of Kevin Smith. She is being held without bond.

According to police, Marksberry and Smith had been arguing on the night of Dec. 5 when she shot him. Smith died a few hours later at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Neither police nor the prosecutor shared any details about the reason for the confrontation, but Deters noted that Marksberry’s son, Brandon Marksberry, stands charged in connection to a different homicide.

Brandon Marksberry, 22, is accused of striking defense attorney Steven Adams with his car and fleeing the scene on Nov. 1. Adams later died of his injuries.

Marksberry stands charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in connection to Adams’ death.