Brad Hunter Smith, one of three suspects charged in the December 2015 death of a pregnant Cleveland County woman, will be tried in January.
Smith, 20 at the time of his arrest in December 2015, is charged with capital murder, kidnapping, and abuse of a corpse in connection with the death of 22-year-old Cherrish Faith Allbright of the Randall community in Cleveland County. Capital murder is a Class Y felony punishable by life in prison without parole or the death penalty. Kidnapping is a Class Y felony punishable by 10 to 40 years or life in prison. Abuse of a corpse is Class C felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Allbright, who was pregnant at the time of her death, was last seen by a family member the night of December 3 when she received a telephone call from someone. A short time later, a vehicle pulled up to the house and Allbright went outside. She did not return.
Allbright was reported missing on December 7, 2015. The following day, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office issued a news release, along with a photo of Allbright, seeking assistance in finding her. Two days later, on December 10, investigators received information that led them to the location and recovery of Allbright’s body. Allbright’s body was discovered buried in a wooded area off Rodgers Road West in Cleveland County.
Smith, Jonathan Guenther, also 20 at the time of his arrest, and Joshua Alan Brown of Rison, 16 at the time, were all arrested in connection with Allbright’s death. Brown was charged as an adult. Guenther and Brown will be tried at a later date.