By Journal Staff
BLACKFOOT â€” A Pocatello man is dead and a Bingham County woman is charged in connection to the shooting death.
Melonie Smith, 48, is charged with first-degree murder, and alteration, concealment or destruction of evidence, a felony. She is accused of killing 30-year-old David Lee Davis at a residence in Pingree.
If convicted, she could be sentenced to death for the murder.
Officers initiated an investigation based on that information and a search warrant was obtained for the residence. Davis’ body was located inside. It was later determined that Davis died from a gunshot wound.
East Idaho News reported Monday that Davis was killed two days earlier on Feb. 9 and that he sustained a gunshot wound to the head. Smith is also accused of hiding the body, destroying blood evidence and concealing other property containing blood evidence.
Smith appeared angry during her initial court appearance Monday, according to East Idaho News.
Smith was arrested at the scene early Sunday morning. An elderly female was also at the residence. The elderly woman was not arrested and was transported to the Idaho Falls Crisis Center for care.
The victimâ€™s family described him as a great father and an avid skateboarder.
Heather Davis said she and David have been married for about 13 years, but they separated six years ago.
â€śWhen I met him he was always skateboarding around and my mom told me that I should stay away from him,â€ť Heather said. â€śBut I couldnâ€™t. I fell in love with him immediately.â€ť
Heather, who’s incarcerated at the East Boise Community Re-entry Center, learned about Davidâ€™s death when she called a family member who is caring for her children.
Heather is at the end of a five-year prison sentence for charges of possession of methamphetamine, forgery and bad checks.
She goes in front of the parole board in June and hopes to be released then.
Heather and David have two children together. She said he was a great father.
â€śHe was so excited to be a dad and then so proud that his firstborn was a son,” Heather said. “Then he couldnâ€™t wait to have a little girl.”
She said that both she and David struggled with addictions.
Heather said that she has received extensive substance-abuse treatment and counseling while sheâ€™s been incarcerated. And sheâ€™ll have a solid support system in place when sheâ€™s released and feels well-equipped to resume her role as a parent. But she said itâ€™s heartbreaking to know that her childrenâ€™s father wonâ€™t be there.
â€śWe had just gotten to the point where we were talking and trying to figure out the best thing for our kids,â€ť Heather said. â€śWe just told them about their dad (Monday) and they arenâ€™t doing very well.â€ť
Heather hopes to get a furlough that will allow her to attend final services for David. She underwent surgery last year and is currently being treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Her mother, Shirlene Bowen, who currently lives in Washington, said she hopes her daughter can win an early release.
Bowen said Davidâ€™s death was devastating for her family and her grandchildren need their mother now.
She asked for continued prayers for the family.
Heather said she doesn’t know Smith. But family members and her children reported that Smith and David had been dating, and they had seen them together prior to the shooting.
Rowland said the Bingham County Sheriffâ€™s Office and the Idaho State lab were still collecting evidence. The scene had not yet been cleared as of 3 p.m. Monday. The case remains under investigation.
Smith is being represented by public defender James Archibald. Bond in her case was set at $1 million and a preliminary hearing is set for Feb 23.