Jimmy Russell Smith (Blount County Jail)
By Ricky Price, ALBugle.com
After gathering about “1,500 worth of merchandise, Jimmy Russell Smith from Birmingham and a lady he claimed as his wife, Crystal Lynn Carlson of Adamsville, AL fled the Walmart in Oneonta, Blount County.
The Oneonta Police were notified of the shoplifting was in progress at approximately 8 pm.
As Smith and Carlson was loading the U Haul truck, the noticed the police arriving on the scene and the took off.
After they left the scene, an Alabama State Trooper spotted them on highway 78. As they were pulling over, the passenger, Crystal Lynn Carlson exited the slow moving U Haul. When she did, she fell underneath the truck and was killed.
Oneonta police have charged Smith with second-degree theft of property/shoplifting. He already had an outstanding warrant for attempting to elude. He remains in the Blount County Jail on $15,672.10 bond.
ALEA Senior State Trooper Chuck Daniel said ALEA id the lead investigator the post incident investigation at the request of Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. Casey said the case could be presented to a grand jury for any potential additional charges against Smith.