STE. GENEVIEVE, MO (KFVS) - Murder charges have been filed after the November death of a woman found dead in a Ste. Genevieve motel.
Curtis Smith, 52, is charged with first degree murder in the death of Kristi Murphy, 53, of Columbia.
Murphy was found dead in a bathtub at the Microtel Inn and Suites in Ste. Genevieve on Nov. 17, 2012.
Smith is currently behind bars in Bonne Terre, serving a life sentence for murder in the 2nd degree.
At the time of Kristi Murphy's death, Smith was out on parole.
Smith's bond is set at $250,000.
Smith is due court on March 5, 2013 in Ste. Genevieve County.
According to the Probable Cause statement, Smith called in Murphy's death as a suicide.
Investigators now believe Smith strangled Murphy with a shower curtain, and then staged a suicide.
Curtis Smith spent more than 20 years behind bars for killing a 17-year-old Minnesota girl back in 1984.
He was released from prison on parole in 2010.
Look for a special I-Team report on this story Thursday on Heartland News at six.