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Murder charge brought against woman in teen's shooting death

By Michael Davis

An Atlanta woman was charged with the death of a College Park teen who she claims was trying to run her over in her own car.

Kathryn Smith, 30, was denied bond on an upgraded murder charge Saturday, just hours after doctors at Atlanta Medical Center removed life support systems from 16-year-old Courtney Wright. Smith had been held on an aggravated assault charge and a charge of carrying a weapon without a license in Wright's Wednesday night shooting.

Smith, a security guard for a Riverdale grocery store, was arriving for work Wednesday night when she saw her recently stolen car parked across the street at an auto parts store on Riverdale Road, said Clayton police Capt. Jeff Turner.

Police say Smith shot Wright in the head with a .38-caliber revolver as she tried to get away after an argument.

Smith's domestic partner, Shanda Burch, declined to comment on the upgraded charge against Smith Saturday.

"Right now, the media has done nothing but damage to my wife," she said.

"That's the reason I went to the media in the first place?to set the record straight?and that has not been done."

Turner said that since the car, a Pontiac Grand Am, was reported stolen from East Point, East Point Police is leading the theft investigation.

He added that East Point Police have recovered a video tape of the theft and are trying to determine whether Wright was involved.

Turner added that Smith's bond hearing would likely be July 24.