Orange home invasion trial for Brittany Smith scheduled to start


The second suspect in the slayings of a 95-year-old Massachusetts man and his 77-year-old wife during an October 2016 home invasion is heading to trial.

Jury selection in the trial of Brittany Smith is scheduled to start Monday in Franklin Superior Court.

Smith, of Athol, faces murder charges in the deaths of 95-year-old Thomas Harty and his wife, Joanna Fisher. Both were stabbed and beaten in their Orange home. Fisher died several weeks later.

Prosecutors say Smith and her boyfriend, Joshua Hart, wanted to steal a car and money so they could leave Massachusetts to avoid charges in unrelated cases. Hart was convicted earlier this month.

Smith has pleaded not guilty.

Smith’s attorney has not spoken publicly about the case but in court has questioned how some evidence was obtained.

Oct 9, 2016  ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) – Two arrests have been made in connection to Wednesday’s deadly home invasion in Orange. The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office told 22News that 23 year old Joshua Hart and 27 year old Brittany Smith of Athol were arrested in Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

State Police Overtime Scandal

More State Police Overtime Investigation

Watch Live 7PM: Sunday Night Football

Toys for Tots

More Toys for Tots