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Angelo Smith waives extradition, will be returned to Charlotte

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com
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    Angelo Grayson Smith Jr.,
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    Angelo Grayson Smith Jr.

Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., the boyfriend of missing teacher Bianca Tanner and the last one to see her before she disappeared, waived an extradition hearing in Illinois and will be returned to Charlotte, a police spokeswoman said.

Smith was captured in the Chicago area Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. He was wanted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Smith spent the weekend in the Cook County Jail and reportedly had an extradition hearing Monday morning.

An extradition hearing is held when a person wanted for a crime in one state is arrested in another. A judge can rule that a suspect be returned to the state where the alleged crime was committed, or the person can waive an extradition hearing and go voluntarily.

CMPD spokeswoman Officer Jessica Wallin said there was no time frame on when Smith would be returned to Charlotte. There was no record on Monday that he had been booked into the Mecklenburg County jail.

Smith’s attorney, Kenneth Snow, told reporters that Smith was not on the run but was in Chicago because he had received threats.

No one has been arrested or charged in connection with Tanner’s disappearance. Smith has not been named a suspect. The case has been deemed a homicide by police.

Smith was the last person to see Tanner, who moved to Charlotte from Greensboro last month, looking to be in a bigger city. She had a lead on a job with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Project LIFT, which seeks to improve educational opportunities for students at West Charlotte High and its eight feeder schools.

Smith told police that Tanner walked out of their apartment just north of uptown after an argument on June 7. Two days later, police searched the apartment for evidence that Tanner had been assaulted by Smith.

Police obtained the search warrant after interviewing Tanner’s 3-year-old son. The boy told investigators Smith had struck Tanner with a belt and “hurt Mommy in the face.”

“Mommy got a spanking with the belt,” the search warrant quotes the child as saying. “Angelo kicked Mommy’s butt and made her cry. … Angelo is mean to Mommy.” STAFF RESEARCHER MARIA DAVID CONTRIBUTED.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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