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UPDATE: Greene County grandmother found guilty of murder

Vonda Star Smith was found guilty Friday of murdering Jessica Morrison and her unborn child in August 2016. (WCYB Archive)

A jury has convicted a Greene County, Tennessee woman for killing the mother of her grandchildren in 2016.

Vonda Star Smith received a life sentence for the first degree murder of 21-year-old Jessica Nicole Morrison whose body was recovered in a ditch off of Jud Neal Loop in Afton. She was also found guilty in the second degree murder of Morrison's unborn child. She will be sentenced on that charge June 25, according to court information.

Morrison died from blunt force trauma to the head, according to an autopsy report. Smith is the grandmother to one of Morrison's two children from previous relationships, according to Sheriff Pat Hankins.


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