Man Chaged In Suspicious Death Of Deer River Woman
Updating you on a story we first picked up last week, an arrest has been made in the suspicious death of 43-year old Sonya Ann Smith of Deer River. More details are also coming out as a criminal complaint has been filed charging a 50-year-old Deer River man with murder for allegedly killing Smith, who was his girlfriend.
Eugene Nason has been charged with one count of second degree murder, as prosecutors are now saying they believe Nason killed Smith in a domestic incident at their residence in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 24.
According to the criminal complaint, just before 9 a.m. that morning, authorities got a 911 call from a woman stating she found Smith, in Smith’s bathtub. The complaint said the woman turned off the faucet to the bathtub that was overflowing and said Smith had bruising on her face.
When authorities responded to the scene, the complaint says they smelled a strong odor of gas coming from the oven, found broken glass in the home, and blood stains and smears on the couch, the floor, and on the wall of the shower.
Preliminary autopsy results indicate Smith died from a ruptured liver and spleen, broken ribs and cerebral hemorrhaging, according to the complaint. It says the medical examiner determined that the cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries due to assault and that the manner of death was homicide.
The accused man, Nason, has a criminal history and WDIO reports he’s been convicted of four felonies previously. Nason will be held in jail without bail. His next court appearance is set for September 9.