Witness, Angelo Smith's Friend Cooperating With Police

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Angelo Smith, Jr. has been indicted on the charge of first-degree murder in the death of Bianca Tanner, who was a teacher from Greensboro.

A Mecklenburg County Grand Jury indicted Angelo Smith, Jr. last Monday.

Smith, who initially denied involvement in Tanner's death, reportedly confessed to murdering Tanner a day after her remains were found in a densely-wooded plot of land off Calico Crossing Lane in the Steele Creek area.

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Lawrence Briscoe was listed in a warrant as a witness to the crime.

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe said a cooperating witness provided the information that led police to the location, as well as provided additional information to establish the probable cause police needed to arrest Smith.

Smith was arrested on the charge of first-degree murder just a half hour after police found her remains.

The medical examiner's officer were able to positively identify those remains as Bianca Tanner days after they were found.

Tanner's death is believed to be an act of domestic violence. A neighbor reported hearing a violent argument at the apartment, followed by a loud thud and then silence, a source told WCNC.

Related: Bianca Tanner's Sister Confronts Domestic Abuse

Prosecutors have not yet said if they'll seek the death penalty against Smith in this case.

Tanner was a second grade teacher at Reedy Fork Elementary in Greensboro. She was planning to moved to Charlotte with her three-year-old son to be with Smith. Tanner was reported missing Sunday, June 8.

Tanner's 3-year-old son was with her in Charlotte the weekend she disappeared. The child is now in the custody of his father, who does not live in Charlotte.

Smith's next court appearance is set for Wednesday.


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