Murder conviction stands for woman who left veteran outside to freeze

Atlanta Journal Constitution

The state Supreme Court on Monday upheld the murder conviction of a Clayton County caregiver who locked a mentally disabled veteran out of her house in January 2014 and watched television inside while he froze to death.

The frozen body of Arthur Pelham, 66, was found outside the woman’s locked back door.

Dale El Smith, 74, argued in her appeal that she had sent Pelham outside to catch a bus to an adult daycare center that day and that she did not know the center had closed because of freezing temperatures. Continue Reading