Woman arrested for capital murder, arson of 76-year-old woman

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Lanett Police and state investigators arrested a 38-year-old woman in the case of the capital murder of a 76-year-old.

Lanett's Police chief hasn't commenting further on the case, but News Leader 9's Elizabeth White obtained a copy of the arrest warrant.

The community wants answers as to why Ms. Rosey Ramsey was killed, allegedly by another Lanett woman.

Those answers are hard to come by, because both agencies involved aren't speaking out.

We have learned after Ramsey was stabbed it's possible the suspect tried to cover it up seven days after 76-year old Rosey Ramsey's daughter found her dead inside her home in the public housing community of Crystal Springs.

Agents with the State Bureau of Investigations arrested 38-year-old Katrina Smith of Lanett for capital murder and arson.

According to the arrest warrant, Smith is charged with intentionally causing the death of Ms. Ramsey by stabbing her with a knife or a knife like instrument.

The warrant states Smith then caused a fire or an explosion inside the home, knowing Ms. Ramsey was inside.

Ms. Ramsey lived in a quiet public housing community, geared towards senior citizens.

The complex sits across the street from Lanett High School.

The community wants to know why investigators believe Smith killed the 76-year-old woman, who neighbors described as a lovely, kind person who never bothered anyone.

Those answers are hard to come by, because Lanett Police Chief, Angie Spates, will not comment further on the case, nor will investigators with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Smith remains behind bars at the Chambers County Detention Facility, she will not be allowed to make bond because she is charged with capitol murder, and if convicted will be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty.

Stay tuned to news Leader 9 for more details after Smith's capital murder trial.

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