Adams Co. man found guilty of 2016 murder of roommate

HANOVER, Pa. (WHTM) – A jury has found an Adams County man guilty of first-degree murder in a brutal attack on his roommate a year ago.

The Adams County District Attorney tweeted about the verdict Thursday evening.

Police said Walter M. Smith Jr., 44, attacked 44-year-old Mitchell Jones with a ceramic water pitcher in their Conewago Township apartment on June 4, 2016.

Investigators said the attack happened after a long day of partying and smoking crack.

Jones was found in an upstairs bedroom with a plastic trash bag over his head. A bloody handprint was also found sliding down the bedroom wall.

According to court paperwork, Smith told police he was drunk all day and life got wrong real quick.


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