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Suspect in teacher Bianca Tanner’s death due in court Monday

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    - MECKLENBURG COUNTY JAIL
    Angelo Grayson Smith Jr. is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon in Charlotte, on charges that he murdered teacher Bianca Tanner.
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    - CMPD
    Bianca Richardson Tanner

Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., accused of killing teacher Bianca Tanner, is scheduled to make his first court appearance in the case Monday in Charlotte.

Smith, 30, is scheduled to appear Monday afternoon in Mecklenburg County Superior Court on a first-degree murder charge.

Smith was arrested Thursday after the discovery of a body in a wooded area near Shopton Road West and Westinghouse Boulevard. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are awaiting an autopsy report but said they believe the body is that of Tanner, a teacher who recently moved to Charlotte from Greensboro.

Tanner disappeared from her north Charlotte apartment in early June. Police Chief Rodney Monroe said last week that Smith was “a person of interest” in the case.

Smith was taken into custody June 27 in Chicago on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. That arrest had to do with Tanner’s 3-year-old son, who, according to warrants, told police that Smith had struck his mother.

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