Former Fort Drum soldier indicted on murder, rape, kidnap charges

Dwight Smith

A soldier accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a woman has been indicted.

Authorities say a grand jury returned the six-count indictment of Dwight Smith on Monday. Attorney General Beau Biden said the aggravating circumstances make the case eligible for the death penalty.

Smith is accused of killing 65-year-old Marsha Lee of Wilmington, who was taking her dog for a walk on Dec. 19. According to police, Smith targeted Lee at random after deciding he wanted to kill somebody, hitting her with his sport utility vehicle, stuffing her inside, then beating her to death.

Smith was on leave from Fort Drum in New York at the time of Lee's death, having previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan.