Death of the Smith family, chronology and rumours surrounding the tragedy
23 July, 2018
Death of the Smith family, chronology and rumours surrounding the tragedy
4th July - A 43-year old man Ryan Smith and his 42 year old wife Laura Smith along with their 4-year son, Caleb set out from Marneuli to the Khada gorge (Both are in the east part of Georgia). The Smiths were an American family with dual citizenship who lived and worked in Georgia.When they arrived at the Gorge they made camp near the village of Tskere and planned to make their way to a nearby waterfall. They got cut off
on the same day.
geotv.ge
July 6

The Emergency and Operative Response Center were alerted to the possible disappearance of the American family. The caller claimed that the Smiths were at the Khada Gorge but that they could not reach them by phone. 15 rescuers were sent to the gorge to search for the family. Initially they found the family’s belongings, the car and then the body of Laura Smith in the waterfall.
geotv.ge
July 7

The search for the rest of the family continued. The body of Ryan Smith was found 800m from the waterfall. The Ministry of Interior Affairs made its first announcement about the case. An investigation was launched under Article 116 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which implied a possible offence of negligent manslaughter. According to the initial inspection, the dead bodies of the family members had no signs of violence.

July 8

Following the receipt of exclusive information from “kviris palitra” (Georgian wallpaper), it seemed that there may have been more to the incident than was at first thought. As a result of the information, a 19-year shepherd was detained by the police. He led the Police to the dead body of the child and also a gun.

July 9

The official announcement of the Ministry of Interior Affair appeared – Malkhaz Kobauri, born in 1998 was detained due to his confession to the murder of the family.
geotv.ge
The Prosecution’s version of Events:

On July 4, Malkhaz Kobauri came across the family, who asked him to show them the way to the waterfall. The shepherd guided them. On their way to the waterfall, they had a dinner break. Ryan Smith told the shepherd to be more careful with the gun he had with him as they had a child with them. The remark irritated Malkahz Kobauri and so he shot Ryan Smith in the back and then again, in the face.
geotv.ge
In order to hide his crime, he then decided to shoot the wife and child too. After he shot the child, Laura tried to escape by running away toward the waterfall but she fell off the cliff and died.The shepherd hid the body of the child and family belongings in an avalanche .

The locals’ version of Events:

The shepherd told the locals that Laura Smith accidentally fell off the cliff whilst she was taking some photographs and that he tried to save her. Ryan Smith got angry and hit him. The child was crying and he had to shot him too. He told the locals that he was alone.

The mother of the Shepherd ‘s version of Events :

Mariam Martiashvili claims her son is innocent. She believes that the Police put under pressure on him leading him to confess to the murder. She says that some people threatened him to confess or else they would kill his family.

The Shepherd’s version of Events:
geotv.ge
The shepherd ‘s version of events agrees with the Prosecution’s version of the case. An argument started because of Ryan’s remark on his careless carrying of his gun. The Shepherd disposed of the gun’s bullets by throwing them in the river and then hid the child in the avalanche to prevent passers-by from noticing him.

July 11
geotv.ge
Malkhaz Kobauri pleaded not guilty to the charge at Mtskheta District Court. He stated that two foreigners murdered the Smith family and threatened to kill members of his family. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) became involved in the investigation confirming that they will be engaged in a technical examination of the family’s camera and mobile phone .
geotv.ge
July 12

Local and international friends of the family, representatives of the media, non-governmental organizations brought toys, flowers and candles to the Smiths’ home in Marneuli to express their condolences for the tragedy.

July 13

The lawyer representing Malkhaz Kobauri reiterates that his client is not guilty of the charges against him and continues to claim that he only witnessed the tragedy. He alleges that 2 male foreigners who were about 2 meters high with brown hair committed the murders. Their accent made him think that they were Laks from the North Caucasus.

The strangers stopped their car 2-4 meters away from the Smith’s camp. He thinks that Ryan recognized the strangers and took steps to avoid them. The murderers, (the lawyer suggests ), left Malkhaz Kobauri alive to intentionally cast the blame on him.

The lawyer alleges that under psychological pressure was placed on his client and so he pleaded guilty at first. Those two murderers threatened him not to tell the truth to anyone or they would kill his family.

July 13

The Ministry of Interior Affairs is also looking into allegations that Laura Smith may have been raped. They are waiting the results of an autops. The pre-trial Hearing on the case will be held on September 4, 2018 at Mtskheta District Court.


Related stories:

American family found dead in the Dusheti region of Georgia

Georgian aviator who constructed iconic American aircraft C-123 Provider

Amazing story of American lecturer captivated by Georgian language

Citizens gather to protest Georgian man’s death in Georgia’s occupied region



Print
Other Stories
Municipal Transport to Reopen From May 29 in Georgia
All types of municipal transport will be reopened from May 29, Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia said at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Coordination Council on COVID-19 today.
Tourists Have to Present a Covid-19 Test Result Before Entering Georgia
According to Amiran Gamkrelidze, Head of the National Center for Disease Control, tourists will likely have to present a document while entering Georgia that they had been tested in the last 72 hours and the result was negative.
Covid-19 Restrictions Lifted In Georgia
As the epidemiological situation allows to accelerate certain situations, some restrictions have been lifted today in Georgia.
Some Covid-19 Restrictions To be Lifted In Georgia From May 18
Some of the restrictions imposed due to coronavirus spread is going to be lifted in Georgia from Monday, May 18.
The State Of Emergency Will Not Be Extended in Georgia
According to the Prime Minister, Giorgi Gakharia, the government will not address the President with a request to extend the state of emergency after May 22.
Village in Bolnisi Municipality to be Set Under Quarantine
Based on the decision made by the Interagency Coordinating Council, due to the high epidemiological risk, strict quarantine restrictions have been enacted in the village of Geta, Bolnisi Municipality, as part of the state of emergency.
Georgia to partially lift coronavirus-related restrictions on May 5
Georgia starts to partially lift some of the coronavirus related restrictions which were banned under the state of emergency.
9 patients die from COVID-19 as number of infected nears 600
The ninth patient has died of coronavirus in Georgia, who was 58-year-old in a critical condition.
Four Georgian sailors, who escaped from pirates, are safe
The Maritime Transport Agency said they are working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the issue related to the abduction of Georgian sailors by pirates in Nigeria.
Georgian couple exercises acrobatic tricks in a lockdown
The worldwide lockdown has changed many lives. If before pandemic it was usual to go out in the evening with a friend, drink beer or sip coffee, pandemic has changed the way people spend time.
Will flights be safe after the pandemic? – Visualization proves opposite
Nearly all passenger flights have been grounded after the coronavirus outbreak and declaration of the worldwide pandemic.
Epidemic in Georgia is contained, top Georgian health expert says
Georgia has managed to contain the epidemic, Amiran Gamkrelidze, Head of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health said.
Georgia may be among the first countries which get remdesivir medicine
There is a hope that Georgia will be among the first countries which receive remdesivir medicine from the US, Tengiz Tsertsvadze, General Director of the Tbilisi Infectious Diseases Hospital said.
Georgia receives 40 thousand PCR tests from China
Georgia has received 40 thousand PCR tests from china, including 20 thousand antibody tests as a gift from the Chinese government, Healthcare Minister, Ekaterine Tikaradze said, who met the cargo at the airport.
COVID-19 will end in Georgia by June, study says
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) publishes new study which forecasts possible end of the coronavirus pandemic in the world and some of the other countries, including Georgia.
Coronavirus cases reach 511 as Georgia passes peak of the spread
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has increased to 511 in Georgia.
More than 100 thousand people downloaded covonavirus tracking app in Georgia
More than 100 thousand people in Georgia have downloaded a new government smartphone application designed to aid coronavirus contact tracing efforts.
Coronavirus cases near 500 as Georgia eases restrictions
“We will have to learn to cohabit and coexist with this virus” – says Tengiz Tsertsvadze, General Director of the Tbilisi Infectious Diseases Hospital.
Georgia starts lifting of some coronavirus restrictions
Georgia starts to lift some restrictions effective April 27. This is within the government’s plan that consists of 6 stages.
Video of wedding on bicycles goes viral
Weddings in Georgia are usually crowded. Bride and Groom use limousine and guests follow them with their cars.
COVID-19 is like a silent death - recovered patients tell their stories
“Only from a hospital ward can one see the scale of the pandemic that is much larger than one can imagine” – Georgian Lile Absandze, a patient who recovered from COVID-19 says on Facebook.
456 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Georgia, 132 recovered
12 more patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Georgia, taking the number of total confirmed cases to 456.
Georgia to ease restrictions, according to PM's plan
Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has named 6 stages of easing the restrictions imposed within the framework of the state of emergency and opening up the economy.
How is Georgia coping with online education challenge?
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has recently released a report on tackling the educational challenges in 2020 caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
Unrest in Georgia’s Marneuli as lockdown continues
As lockdown continues and “stay at home” order is still in place, some people around the world grow more and more irritated and frightened of economic outcome.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
25.05.2020
26.05.2020
USD
1
USD
3.1916
3.1916
EUR
1
EUR
3.4795
3.4801
GBP
1
GBP
3.8845
3.8890
RUB
100
RUB
4.4459
4.4615
Other Stories
World famous British singer Jessie J has decided to wear clothes made by Anouki Areshidze, Georgian designer and wife of the mayor of Tbilisi.
Bassiani, one of the most popular underground clubs not only in Georgia but throughout Europe as well, has opened today
An amazing video made in Georgia by tourists from the Philippines have gone viral on the internet.
Over the recent two days May 12-13 Tbilisi city saw a peaceful protest rally in the center of the city.
Hundreds of people took to the main street Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi to protest the raid in Tbilisi’s popular night clubs.
Two bear cubs listed as endangered on the red list were handed over to Tbilisi Zoo,
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and Deputy Tbilisi Mayor Ms. Sophio Khuntsaria have gifted a food stand
Pamela Anderson, famous Canadian American actress and model has appeared in the chic sunglasses by internationally acclaimed Georgian designer George Keburia.
A ski lift accident in Georgia’s eastern Gudauri resort,in particular at Sadzele 5 lift, has left 8 people with injuries.
The ski lift in Gudauri winter resort in Georgia has broke down in the aftermath of which several people have been injured.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
3.1916
EUR
1
EUR
3.4801
GBP
1
GBP
3.8890
RUB
100
RUB
4.4615
May 2020
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31