Court Documents Reveal Murder Suspect’s Criminal Past

By: Catherine Bilkey Email
By: Catherine Bilkey Email
KKTV 11 News is looking into court documents detailing past crimes of Marcus Smith, the man now accused of murdering a Colorado Springs grandmother.

Marcus Smith's video advisement

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The man accused of murdering a Colorado Springs woman whose body was found by firefighters last week has a long criminal history. Court documents reveal that he’s been arrested at least fifteen times, a criminal history that began while he was a teenager.

Marcus Smith was arraigned Monday for the murder of Kathryn “Kit” Grazioli. The 87-year-old’s body was found last Wednesday at Captain Jack’s Trail Head near Lower Gold Camp Road. He was identified as a suspect in the murder by fingerprint evidence.

Court documents obtained by KKTV 11 News reveal that Smith pleaded guilty two years ago to stealing a laptop and other valuables. He was caught two months after the crime, when he left an apology note with a $50 bill on top. The note included Smith's first name and phone number, leading police right to him.

He was also arrested just two weeks ago for assault and is expected to appear in court for that charge in December.

Other previous charges against Smith include theft, motor vehicle theft, robbery and burglary.

Smith is being held without bond in the murder case. He appeared for a video advisement Monday wearing an alternate jail uniform that indicates he is on suicide watch.

Smith is also still on probation for the burglary charge.

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