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

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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  • by lp Location: colo. springs on Dec 1, 2011 at 01:30 AM
    I live two houses from this crazy guy. He showed up a few months ago there, and we have been watching our children. He always looked at me and gave me weird feelings. I feel sorry for the woman and her family that lost her life. The street feels safer with him gone. A lot of us neighbors talked about this. That guy has never been right in his head.. watch your neighbors close folks.
  • by Q Location: Peyton on Nov 29, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    One must wonder why only two years ago he left money and his contact information for items he had stolen and two years later kills an elderly woman by lighting her on fire. How mentally twisted must he be. Perhaps our system will work this time and may this individual never see the light of day again. The death penalty or medication, incarceration and community service while incarcerated is how this person should spend the rest of their days.
  • by Chris Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 29, 2011 at 07:43 AM
    Gee, he was incarcerated as recently as October. Can't remember what date, but was released around 10/20 or so. Hope he burns.....
  • by Amra Location: Woodland Park on Nov 29, 2011 at 05:11 AM
    So, he's on probation for burglary, was arrested for assault, has a long criminal history, and was caught just walking down the street. Jeez, a (long) while ago I spent 11 days in CJC on probation hold, and I didn't do anything. When I finally went to court the charge was dismissed and I was released. Point being, he shouldn't have been out of jail. R.I.P. Kit, it sounds like you touched many lives...
  • by C* on Nov 28, 2011 at 09:37 PM
    Don't ever let this guy loose, again!! Since Colorado won't execute murdering scum - they should at least keep them in prison until they drop dead!
  • by Don Location: C Springs on Nov 28, 2011 at 04:22 PM
    Throw him under the jail, and throw away the key.
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