Bothell man charged with killing his wife after confession

by: Henry Rosoff Updated:

Bothell, Wash. - Court documents said he confessed. Alan Smith, long suspected of killing his wife Susann in the middle of a messy divorce, allegedly told his friend he did it.

 Smith was charged with first-degree murder Friday. A Snohomish County judge set bail at $1 million. Prosecutors said this past Sunday, Smith confessed to a friend that he brutally beat and stabbed his wife in her Bothell home. Documents said he told the friend in a moment of grief, "Yes, I did it to her."

 Court documents said a Canadian expert found that a bloody footprint at the murder scene was a possible match to Smith's foot. Police finally got a chance to make a foot comparison when Smith was arrested for obstructing an officer last week. The documents also said Smith could not account for coveralls, foot covers and a rubber mallet he recently bought.

"Right now, from my point of view, from where I'm standing, and when I've talked to his lawyers, there is no physical evidence," said Love Thai, Smith's girlfriend, who's pregnant with their child.

Court documents also show Smith told the man he confessed to that he was tired of Thai's "mental problems." Thai said despite it all, she still believes Smith is innocent. "I'm still standing by him, absolutely," she said.