Trial continues in Isle of Wight murder case


A murder trial is underway in Isle of Wight County.  Eric Saub is charged in the death of former sailor Jean Marie Smith.  Officials say she was shot in the head and a group of hunters found her body in a rural part of Isle of Wight County. 

Saub is defending himself. 

This case goes back to April 15, 2015.  Investigators say Saub and Smith had traveled to Florida together twice in April, coming back to Hampton Roads just before Smith was shot and killed. 

Wednesday’s testimony primarily focused on cell phones: where and when they were used in relation to Smith’s death.  One investigator said Smith and Saub exchanged about 1,000 messages in the month leading up to Snith’s death.  Then on April 15, 2015, the day investigators believe Smith died, Saub sent one text to Smith — and that was it.

The court also heard from an FBI expert who shared information from cell phone towers, which showed where and when both Saub and Smith were in the days and hours leading up to her death.  Their phones pinged off of towers within miles of where Smith’s body was found, before Smith’s phone went dark.

Another interesting testimony came from Smith’s best friend, who knew Saub back in 2015.  The best friend said she thought Saub had kidney problems and needed dialysis, which had not come up in any previous testimonies.

10 On Your Side has learned that Saub was convicted 12 times for fraud related charges in Oregon. 

The prosecution is expected wrap up on Thursday.  Saub will have the chance to call his own witnesses.

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