Montevallo murder suspect pleads not guilty

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA–A 33-year-old Montevallo woman accused of allegedly stabbing a man several times and killing him in June 2016, has plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, according to court documents filed at an Oct. 4 arraignment in Shelby County Circuit Court.

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Smith

At 1:15 a.m. on Monday, June 6, deputies responded to the Almont Community, near Montevallo, on a report of a stabbing. Deputies found a male unresponsive and began CPR, trying to save his life.

Witnesses led deputies to the suspect, 33-year-old Latasha Nicole Smith of Montevallo.

Deputies took Smith into custody at the scene and later charged her with the murder of 40-year-old Keith Fulgham of Montevallo.

Smith was indicted on the murder charge on Aug. 26, which stated Smith “did on or about June 6, intentionally cause the death of Fulgham by stabbing him in the chest, head, abdomen and neck with a knife.”

Smith currently remains in the Shelby County Jail on a $75,000 bond as of Oct. 4.

If convicted, Smith could face up to life in prison.