Katrina Smith's husband spends tonight in the Winnebago County jail. Police arrested Todd Smith Wednesday afternoon, charged him with four counts of 1st degree murder. His bond is set at $4 million. Just hours after he was taken in by the county's Sheriff's police, Katrina Smith's step-brother Chad Kaltved was ready to talk.
Since he first arrived in Rockford from North Carolina, Kaltved's goal has been to support the family, that included Todd Smith. Those feelings have changed.
"At this point I'm not going to say I 100% back him up, but it's hard because he was a family member, somebody who knew my wife and kids, he was married to my sister, I trusted him, and also because we don't have all the information yet. But, definitely my mind is shifting and thinking other things." -he says.
Katrina Smith had been missing since late October. Investigators say she was last seen October 22 by Todd Smith, leaving her home to run errands. Her car, cell-phone, and purse turned up in Machesney Park, her wallet in Rockford. Officers searched Katrina and Todd Smith's home, information from that search has not been released. Katrina's body was pulled out of the Rock River near Byron November 9. The Ogle County Coroner said she suffered from blunt force trauma. Two of Todd Smith's four first degree murder counts indicate that there were elements of brutal and heinous behavior. This isn't Smith's first run-in with the law. In 1985 he was convicted of arson when he went by the name Todd Raprager. He was arrested Wednesday afternoon. He was riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle when officers pulled the car over with the purpose of arresting Smith.
"Everything that we did, every search that we conducted, every piece of evidence that was recovered, in and of itself, maybe didn't seem important at the time. But, when you put it all together, towards the review of the entire case, that's how these cases are made." -says Winnebago County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chief Dominic Iasparro.
After hearing all of this, Kaltved says he never saw this coming, but there was one warning sign before her disappearance.
"About 30 days before this happened I did get a phone call from her, she was kind of upset and said she had to talk to me. And just being married and going through life you're going to have bad days so I kind of assumed that, and I still do assume that was just a bad day. She did text me back later and said that she wasn't doing too good but don't worry about her. Unfortunately, I never got to talk to her again." -he says.
Kaltved's putting up a strong front for his relatives, for some family members it's not that easy.
"There's definitely family that are hurting and they don't want to speak and it's going to take time to mourn and grieve and even this is too much to handle right now." -he adds.
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