FORMER BOYFRIEND OF THE ASPIRING FLORIDA MODEL

ARRAIGNED IN MURDER AND KIDNAPPING PLOT

 

Fourth defendant charged in the case

 

 

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Patrick Smith DOB (06/02/87) of 2703 10th Street SW, Lehigh Acres, Florida was arraigned today on a seven count indictment charging him with:

 

         two counts of Murder in the Second Degree, class A-1 Felonies,

         one count of Kidnapping in the First Degree, a class A Felony,

         one count of Robbery in the Second Degree, a class C Felony,

         one count of Unlawful Imprisonment, a class E Felony,

         one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E Felony

         one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, a class A Misdemeanor.

 

Smith is charged as acting in concert with three accomplices, Jessica Ryan French (DOB 08/22/87) of 2703 10th Street SW, Lehigh Acres, Florida, Charles Blanchard (DOB 12/17/90) of 32 Moses Avenue, Hill, New Hampshire, and Travis Morin (DOB 10/15/87) of 6 Jones Hill Road, Danbury, New Hampshire aiding and abetting each other causing the death of Epifanio Medina whose body was discovered in the Town of North Salem on June 12, 2011

 

On June 12, 2011, two horseback riders discovered the decomposing body of a male, later learned to be 65 year old, Epifanio Medina in the woods of North Salem.

 

The victim, a Florida resident had been living in Passaic, New Jersey. He was known to carry large amounts of cash and wore a lot of flashy jewelry. He frequented a liquor store in Passaic, New Jersey and was last seen exiting that store on June 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm.

 

The New York State Police commenced an extensive, wide ranging investigation and on June 12th 2011, the deceased was identified.

Police also learned that deceased had been reported missing by family members on June 5, 2011 and that he had been living in Passaic, New Jersey.

 

State Police expanded their investigation both down to Florida and up to New Hampshire.

 

Smith was arrested by New York State Police investigators in April, 2012.

 

His next court appearance will be on July 25th, 2012.

 

He was remanded to County Jail.

 

He faces a maximum of twenty five years to life state prison.

 

Assistant District Attorney Nadine Nagler of the Career Criminal Bureau is prosecuting the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of

Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is

merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed

innocent until and unless proven guilty.