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Man pleads guilty to murdering wife in Littleton

Kanokwan "Nok" Smith died in a November 2020 shooting in Littleton. Her husband, Scott Smith, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

LITTLETON, Colo. — The husband of a woman killed in a November 2020 shooting in Littleton pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday.

Court records show Scott Lee Smith, 47, was also given a sentence enhancement for a violent crime causing death or serious bodily injury for killing 47-year-old Kanokwan "Nok" Smith.

> Video above from October 2021: Man and his mother face charges in connection to his wife's 2020 death

On Nov. 1, 2020, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said it received a call from Scott Smith that he had shot his wife at their home in the 5400-block of West Ottawa Avenue after she came at him with a weapon.

When deputies arrived at the home, they found Kanokwan dead.

Credit: Courtesy Dominique Naylor

Scott Smith was arrested at the scene but was released a few days later after the 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office said the evidence at the time was not sufficient enough to support criminal charges.

JCSO said their investigation continued, which lead to Smith's arrest 10 months later.

Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Public records showed that Scott Smith had filed for divorce just a few weeks before the shooting. At the time of the shooting, the couple's daughter was 10 years old.

Scott Smith's mother, Theresa Rino, was arrested and faces charges including accessory to crime, attempt to commit tampering with physical evidence and conspiracy to commit tampering with physical evidence.

Rino's next court date is scheduled for March 10.

Scott Smith's sentencing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. March 8.

This story includes reporting by Matt Jablow, Darius Johnson, Troy Pope and Darren Whitehead.

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