Barbara Starr Smith barely escaped the death penalty this week even though she murdered two people including an infant and attempted to kill another.
She had a romance with a man named Romeo and married him. By all accounts of family and coworkers she was a hard working woman and a loyal loving wife. She had never so much as received a traffic ticket in her whole life.
Her husband had moved to the U.S. from Jamica with a woman he claimed was his cousin, simone Dixon. Turns out it was his lover and he married Barbara only to recieve a green card.
Once he had it he knocked up his girlfriend and the happy couple continued to live in Barbaras home.In true Betty Broderick style, Barbara lost it. In a woman scorned fury she shot and killed her husband, shot the girlfriend and took the 4 month old baby daughter the two shared. She took the little girl to a parking area, covered her head with a jacket and shot her twice in the head.
While her crimes are hideous the judge and both sets of attorneys chose not to condemn her to death. Partially because of her lack of criminal history but also because she seemed to have truely just snapped.