Marissa Smith Murders Michael Morris

Marissa Smith was a seventeen year old teen killer from Ohio who would murder Michael Morris

According to court documents a large fight had taken place between a group of people when Marissa Smith would grab a knife from another teen and would fatally stab unarmed Michael Morris

Marissa Smith would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for fifteen years

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The 17-year-old girl convicted of fatally stabbing a man at a Louisville park in September 2022 was sentenced by Stark County Court of Common Pleas Judge Natalie Haupt Monday morning.

Marissa Smith, who was tried as an adult for the crime, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after serving 15 years.

Her jury trial began on May 8 and on May 12, a jury found Smith guilty of murder and felonious assault.

Smith stabbed Michael Morris, 22, of Alliance, on Sept. 13, 2022 at Wildwood Park at 500 Stertzbach Ave.

Morris died at the hospital from a stab wound to the chest.

A 15-year-old male is charged with providing the knife to Smith.

He is charged with aiding and abetting in murder and felonious assault, aggravated criminal trespass and carrying a concealed weapon. His case will remain in juvenile court.

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A 17-year-old girl convicted of murdering 22-year-old Michael Morris Jr. last September in Wildwood Park in Louisville will learn this morning how long she will spend in prison.

Stark County Common Pleas Judge Natalie Haupt will sentence Marissa Smith, of Louisville, at 10 a.m. Smith is facing a minimum of 15 years to life in prison.

A jury found her guilty of felony murder and felonious assault on May 12 after four days of testimony from witnesses, Smith’s co-defendant, law enforcement and forensic experts.

According to testimony, a group of teens gathered at the park to fight.

At some point, Smith took a knife that a co-defendant had in his waistband. Some witnesses testified that Smith moved toward the unarmed Morris, who lived in the Alliance area, while holding the knife and screaming at him. Smith and her friends testified that Morris pulled her toward him and he “walked into” the knife.

The case involving Smith’s 16-year-old co-defendant, who was 15 at the time he was arrested, is pending in the juvenile court system. He’s awaiting a trial in June.

The 16-year-old has pleaded not true, the equivalent of not guilty, to juvenile counts of murder, felonious assault, aggravated criminal trespass and carrying a concealed weapon.

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