Arrest Made In Duplin County Woman's Murder

Four months after a woman was found dead, investigators have made an arrest in the case.

Anthony Smith of Pink Hill is under arrest for the October 19th murder, kidnapping and first degree sexual offense of Ashley Ann Mercer.

Duplin County deputies found the 19-year-old woman's body in her car on Church Road in Pink Hill.

A written report from the medical examiner was just recently received and after consulting with investigators, the district attorney's office decided to file charges.

Smith is scheduled for a first court appearance Monday in Kenansville.

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  • by SaddenedByThis Location: United States on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:40 PM
    Just yesterday this monster was given 15 years after his 3 years in jail which are subtracted as time served. That means in almost 11 1/2 years he will be eligible for parole and allowed to do this again. The things left out of the reports were more than gruesome what he did to her should have been life imprisonment for the sadistic torture. You do not know what he did unless you are the other two who assisted him. they will find you. It may take years but what is due will come because no matter who you are the natural law of things will catch up to you whether its a car wreck or something else that takes you will happen. Almost 2 dozen people watched as this man drug her to the car forceably and no one stopped him. These people will also grieve in the end...they will know they took part by not doing anything just as others who ignore domestic violence will suffer. Domestic Violence Kills...DO NOT ignore it PLEASE!
  • by bonnie kennedy on Dec 22, 2009 at 07:50 PM
    update on ashley ann mercer trial
  • by anonymous Location: wallace on Jun 1, 2009 at 01:38 PM
    Maybe he's already been thrown under the jail! Who cares where he is as long as he's not on the street trying to sexually assualt and murder a young lady!
  • by Sarah Location: Wallace on May 29, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    its time to stop with all the blame. the truth is that none of us know what really happened except for the BIG man upstairs. To all those who are judging you will ultimately be judged in the end as will the rest of us. In every situation there are two stories and remember that the next time you are pleading your case to someone who opposes you. Are you the one that is right or the one that is wrong?? How do you feel when nobody believes you yet all you can say is "you weren't there". Just like none of us were there that sad night. Just keep that in mind.
  • by Anonymous Location: beulaville on Apr 30, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    Can anyone please tell me where AJ is today. It does not look like he is in Kenansville jail anymore.
  • by Anonymous Location: beulaville on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    To all no one knows the whole story except AJ and Ashley. We don't need to jump to fast. I know AJ and he is a good person. Ashley i did not know so i can't say anything about her. I do feel sorry for her family and friends as i do for AJ family and friends. This is bad for both sides. AJ is a caring person. I did not know his private life and so there is no comment on that. I do know that he came from a good family. His family did teach him good morales and respect for life. We don't need to throw out blame to the parents. We show and guide our children and then we let them go and pray for the best. Maybe AJ made some bad choices but if you know the AJ that i do you know how big that heart of his really is. It is so easy to throw blame everywhere but lets slow down and just pray for both families. Prayer is what is needed
  • by sadmotherofthree Location: duplin on Apr 10, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    To the family of the daughter that was taken so soon.It's sad to loose a child,but when you loose one to such a horrific death.I am so sorry for your loss and for your hurt each and every moment in your day after days.Your daughter no matter what the folks have commented did never deserve to be treated the way he treated her. Poor Child if she had ever known someone she loved would have ever treated her this way I am sure she would have chosen a different person to be in her life.For the ones who spoke of her drinking how do your children act when they have something to drink especially at such a young age and parents admit it your children dont always do as they are taught once they reach that age they must learn the same as we had. For the boys family maybe if his parents had taught him some morale and respect for life this would never had happened some mothers walk out on there children and dont accept responsibiliy or show any concern until it is to late there son is in jail.
  • by goodjob Location: duplin on Mar 8, 2009 at 08:19 PM
    justice prevailed......they got him in jail....and the lord knows what happended. Hope he goes away for a long time, and all the people here that think they know him well should go see him in prison......cause we pray thats were he will be...god be eith the family that lost there love one, to a dope attic.
  • by kenansville on Feb 26, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    To lynn in pinhook. I don't know what planet pinhook is on, but here in the real world, being a murderer, rapist, and kidnapper DOES make you a bad person or you wouldn't be punished for such rediculous, screwed up crimes. All the supporters need to step back and evaluate the situation. None of you were there that night!
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Feb 25, 2009 at 07:32 PM
    To "reality". Why would the police, reporters, or whoever make up such a horrible detailed story. I guess they just pulled it from there head......right? Don't think our legal system has gotten that disgusting.

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