Monday, June 3, 2024

15 Year-Old Indicted in Mother's Murder

The Rankin County grand jury indicted Carly Gregg for first degree murder, attempted murder, and tampering with evidence on May 22. Gregg stands accused of shooting her mother to death and wounding her stepfather on March 19.  

The indictment is posted below.  

Gregg waived arraignment and pleaded not guilty.  Rankin County Court Judge David Morrow set her bond at $1 million at her initial appearance.  The case is assigned to Rankin County Circuit Judge Dewey Arthur.  Attorneys Kevin Camp, Bridgett Todd, and Caleb Coleman represent the defendant although Camp has yet to appear in court.  

Gregg is the daughter of Ashley Smiley and stepdaughter of Heath Smiley.  The 40 year-old Ashley was a popular math teacher at Northwest Rankin High School.  Their home in on Ashton Way in the Farmington Station subdivision in Rankin County.  She was 14 years-old when the shootings took place.  

JJ reported on Gregg's April 16 preliminary hearing:

Assistant District Attorney Ryan Perry called RCSO Investigator Zachary Cotton to the stand.  The investigator said RCSO dispatch received a call on March 19 from a man who was frantic.  The caller said "their child had shot at them, and shot them in the neck."  

Deputies went to the scene and found the deceased Ashley Smiley in a bedroom and found a wounded Heath Smiley.  Heath identified Gregg as the shooter.  Gregg had fled the scene. 

Deputies found her half a mile away.  They recovered the murder weapon.  

Cotton said there was some video footage of the deadly events that took place that afternoon.  An exterior camera in the garage showed Gregg and her mother arriving home at approximately 4 that afternoon.  The camera and the interior camera in the kitchen showed Gregg taking the dogs outside while Ashley went to her daughter's bedroom.   There were no other cameras in the house.  Ashley "took some items out of Carly's room" as Carly came back inside and noticed her mother was in her bedroom.   

The investigator said Gregg went to her mother's bedroom, came out with her hands behind her back as she concealed an object, and went to her bedroom where her mother was.  "You hear a gunshot, a scream, and then two more gunshots," said Cotton.   Ashley was shot twice in the side of the face and once underneath her chin.  Deputies recovered all three bullets. 

Camera footage showed Gregg returning to the kitchen.  She "placed a heavy object on the counter" and texted Heath on Ashley's phone, asking how long it would be until he got home.  She took down the camera and placed it in the refrigerator. 

The garage camera showed Heath arriving at home, "you hear gunshots," and "Carly left home," said Cotton. 

Before Heath arrived, Gregg texted a friend "It's an emergency, I need you to come over."  She played with her dogs and sang to them as she waited for her friend. 

The friend arrived around 4:50 (driven by her father).  She later told investigators Gregg asked her if she ever saw a dead body before.  The friend replied no.  Cotton testified Gregg showed her dead mother in the bedroomand the gun she used to shoot her mom to her friend.  You read that correctly.  Gregg showed off her kill to her friend if the friend is to be believed.  (8:00)

The friend said that Gregg said there were more for Heath, "two for the head, one for the chest."  The courtroom became very silent as a chill spread across the room.  

The friend and her father went to RCSO that evening and cooperated with the investigation.  

Cotton testified that when jail employee provided bond paperwork to Gregg, the teen said "oh, you can kill someone, pay a lot of money, and get out of jail.".... Earlier post with video.


Anonymous said...

This little Gen Z is spoiled, entitled and lost!

Condolences to the family said...

Sad situation. This country, and our youth, are near lost. I don't know if the ship can be righted. My one message to young couples, don't feel you need to have a bunch of kids, over the next 50 years life's going to get much harder for everyone but the elites.

Anonymous said...

Very sad happening.

Anonymous said...

Guarantee you that had that child doped up.

Anonymous said...

Procedural question: Why does she get THREE appointed public defenders?

Anonymous said...

With physical evidence, video evidence, and confession to multiple people, it would seem like a slam dunk for the DA. Is she pleading not-guilty to give her time to get a better deal or to bolster her diminished capacity claim? What's going on?

Anonymous said...

This is what occurs when you have a medicated society. Dispensing Phsycotropic drugs to youth is a sure fire way to screw their lives up, your lives and anyone around them. This girl should never ever be allowed back into society. This is why we had mental hospitals like Whitfield but we no longer do. That’s where you send people like this before they get to this point. People like her cannot be reformed or rehabilitated. Their brain doesn’t work that way. Parents make sure you write this girls name down. If she ever gets out make sure your sons don’t get tied up with her.

Anonymous said...

Will she be charged with death penalty or os she too young?

Anonymous said...

Kevin Camp is one of her attorneys…I don’t think he is a public defender in Rankin county.

Anonymous said...

7.18,pm. She is too young for the death penalty per US Supreme Court. I think thst age is 17?

Anonymous said...

In very simple terms, what we're seeing is the contrast between two parenting styles that radically changed over the last 30 years. For probably 2000 years a parent might say, "If you don't stop crying, I'll give you something to really cry about". Which again, about 30 years ago parents began to say, "If you stop crying, we'll go get you some ice cream" giving all the power to a child.

The future is bleak because that's what creates psychopaths...not over medication.

Anonymous said...

Those lawyers were retained by Carly's extended family. Or should I say her surviving extended family - those she hasn't shot and killed.

Anonymous said...

@3:41 doped up? Yea that Lexapro is a hell of a drug.

Anonymous said...


Shooting your mother in the face 3 times has nothing to do with parenting and everything (likely) to do with mental illness. This person is very obviously batshit crazy and the precipitating factor damn sure wasnt "weak parenting"

Anonymous said...

I agree with 9:49. This girl is very mentally ill and needs to be locked up for life. There is no medication to "fix" her antisocial psychosis. Bless her parents who no doubt did their best with her.

Anonymous said...

8:49am and 10:02am You both have no idea what you're talking about.

Read the book "Inside the Criminal Mind" by Stanton Samenow and maybe you'll begin to understand where the entitled, narcissistic tendencies begin - which is in childhood.

Today's youth have been over-indulged at every turn. "Weak" parenting would actually be wonderful. Try "Zero" parenting in the last 30 years - parents decided to become their child's friend, and when that "friend" attempts to limit their child's access to their cell phone - the rage of that child's narcissism becomes murderous because the parent "friend" has now betrayed them. We will see much more of this in the future, not just isolated incidents.

Anonymous said...

Roper v. Simmons overturned juvenile executions. Miller v. Alabama made life in prison unconstitutional for juveniles. Lets just see how this plays out, I'm thinking a plea on manslaughter and aggravated assault..... she'll be back on the streets before she's 40.

Kingfish said...

Wrong. It banned life without parole sentences. Can still get life but have to have chance at parole. Parole can still be denied.

Anonymous said...

Look up Lonnie Cruise, Jackson. After committing a similiar crime decades ago, he spent the rest of his life, over 40 years, in the state hospital at Whitfield. That's where she belongs. Maybe she can find meaningful work there.

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