Molly Smith

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Molly Smith covers public safety and the Hidalgo County District Courthouse for The Monitor. She can be reached at msmith@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4437.

Victim’s son takes stand in Patterson murder trial

EDINBURG — Martin Knell Jr. said he would often find packets of cash taped or stapled to the drawers of the guest bedroom dresser...

Money matters in Patterson capital murder case as defense, prosecution dispute funds

EDINBURG — When Paul Garcia accepted Monica Melissa Patterson’s invitation to join the Comfort House Board of Directors in spring 2015, it’s likely he...

Defense deals blow to state’s case against Patterson

EDINBURG — After days of witness testimony and grueling cross-examination focusing on the procedural aspects of banking practices, a courtroom fatigued by numbers suddenly...

Patterson defense, prosecution spar over finances on day 3 of trial

EDINBURG — Finances dominated the third day of Monica Melissa Patterson’s capital murder trial as the jury heard from a certified public accountant and...

Pastor testifies in Patterson murder trial

EDINBURG — By the end of his two hours on the witness stand, a terminally ill Rev. Max Grubb was visibly frustrated after being...

Prosecution sets tone of capital murder trial’s opening day

EDINBURG — Surrounded by high-profile attorneys, Monica Melissa Patterson appeared confident during the first day of trial Monday, when she entered a plea of...

Pharr officials mum on employee’s DWI

PHARR — A Pharr city employee’s DWI arrest this spring and subsequent arraignment Thursday morning have left city officials tightlipped about any administrative action...

Sheriff’s deputy faces injury to a child allegation

McALLEN — A Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Saturday morning for alleged injury to a child, a state jail felony.Emilio Zavala was arrested...

SB 4 opposition organized in Valley

When most McAllen residents were heading to work Friday morning, members of the Rio Grande Equal Voice Network held a rally and news conference...

7 hours of questioning yields jury for Patterson trial

EDINBURG — Ninety-seven people entered the Hidalgo County Courthouse auditorium Wednesday morning to learn whether they would be selected to serve as jurors for...