A Fort Smith woman was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated robbery Monday in the recent death of a woman on North 39th Street.
Robin Lynn Jones, 46, had been arrested Friday on suspicion of first-degree murder in the Dec. death of 67-year-old Margaret Scamardo. No bond for Jones has been set.
Scamardo was discovered dead in her North 39th Street residence Thursday afternoon. Rice said officers were initially dispatched to the residence to conduct a welfare check on Scamardo, who had not shown up for work or answered her cellphone for two days.
Scamardo’s residential natural gas line was on at the time of officers’ response, and her red 2000 Nissan Frontier was missing from the residence, according to police.
“It appeared as if a struggle had taken place and that she had possibly been strangled,” an affidavit for probable cause determination states.
The affidavit goes on to say that Jones was developed as a person of interest and she agreed to come to the Fort Smith Police Department for questioning.
“She admitted under Miranda (rights) that she got into a fight with Scamardo and ended up hitting her with a lamp and choking her with the chord attached to lamp,” the affidavit added. “Her story matched the crime scene and that of her boyfriend’s statement.”
Jones was then arrested on suspicion of murder in the first degree.