Vermont Man’s Murder Trial Begins This Week

  • Gregory A. Smith. (Vermont State Police photograph)

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, February 01, 2018

White River Junction — A 32-year-old Vermont man accused of fatally shooting a father of four in Springfield, Vt., nearly three years ago will head to trial later this week.

Gregory A. Smith allegedly shot and killed 37-year-old Wesley Wing near Jake’s Market on South Street in Springfield in April 2015 after Wing and Smith’s girlfriend got into a verbal altercation about her alleged drug use in the neighborhood.

Smith’s girlfriend, Wendy Morris, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice in the case for helping Smith evade capture after the alleged incident, and she has completed her sentence.

Jury draw in Smith’s case is slated to begin this morning in Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction.

His trial is scheduled to last 10 days, likely beginning on Friday and running through Feb. 15.

Smith, who has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of second-degree murder, is represented by public defender Jordana Levine.

Ultan Doyle, with the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, will be prosecuting the case.

Doyle said on Wednesday he couldn’t comment on who the state would call for witnesses.

The events that led up to Smith’s charge started on April 18, 2015, when Wing was outside of his home and exchanged words with Morris. He allegedly called her a heroin addict and told her to get her drugs out of the neighborhood, according to an affidavit in the case.

Wing then left his Cardinal Drive home and walked toward Jake’s Market. Smith is accused of shooting Wing four times shortly after the words were exchanged, the affidavit states.

Both Morris and Smith then fled the area and led police on a five-day manhunt before authorities located them at a campground in South Londonderry, Vt.

Smith has been held without bail ever since.