Alleged Confession 20 Days in the Making
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Deja vu in Uptown Charlotte Thursday morning. Angelo Grayson Smith, Junior, released from police custody just hours before he was re-arrested for first degree murder in the killing of his girlfriend, Bianca Tanner. His only words to reporters Thursday were, "I'm sorry, right now."
Police say a witness led investigators to a wooded area off Calico Crossing Lane in southwest Charlotte around 12am Thursday. After searching for four hours in the darkness of early morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said, "We have located what we believe to be the remains of Ms. Tanner."
Passersby were disturbed by the discovery. One woman tells WCCB, "We walk at lunch time up and down this road, and it's just sad that there was somebody here and we never knew it."
Tanner's family is not speaking publicly yet, but in a social media post, they say, "Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. The family asks for privacy as they try to deal with this senseless tragedy."
A source with knowledge of the investigation tells WCCB Smith confessed to detectives that he killed Tanner before reporting her missing June 8. The source says Smith claims he choked Tanner to death. Police declined to discuss whether Tanner's remains revealed any visible injuries.
Tanner's presumed remains are now at the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office. WCCB has requested autopsy, investigatory and toxicology reports. Those documents will confirm her cause of death.
In the meantime, Smith's attorneys Ken Snow and Karen Dula have declined to speak about the first degree murder charge their client now faces. Snow suggested earlier this week CMPD spent a lot of time interviewing his client and wasn't "totally focused" on looking for Tanner. "The detectives that were involved in this case, never stopping, never not believing, that we would bring this case to a conclusion, my hat's off to them," says Chief Monroe.
Police are still asking anyone with information about this case to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.