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Where Is Brittany Smith, Who Was Convicted Of Killing The Man She Says Raped Her, Today?
Brittany Smith’s story is the focus of the new Netflix documentary “State of Alabama vs Brittany Smith.”
Brittany Smith was trying to get her life back together in January of 2018 when she agreed to let an old friend—who she had recently reconnected with—stay at her Alabama home for the night.
But the decision would lead to fatal consequences. Brittany has alleged that once inside her home, Todd Smith, who has no relation to her, violently raped her, according to The Daily Beast.
Brittany said that she was able to convince Todd to go to the convenience store to get cigarettes with her and her brother Chris McCallie and while there she secretly confided in the gas station clerk that she had been raped. Her brother dropped the pair off at home and Brittany convinced him to return to the gas station, where he allegedly learned of the rape, got his gun and returned to the home to confront Todd.
Brittany has said that during a fight between the two men, Todd got McCallie into a headlock and she grabbed her brother’s weapon and fired it, killing Todd.
Brittany tried to use the state’s Stand Your Ground law, which allows for the use of deadly force in some situations, but a judge ruled against her and Brittany ultimately pleaded guilty to murder.
As part of her plea deal, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison, including 18 months of jail time and 18 months of house arrest, according to AL.com.
Brittany was released from the Jackson County Jail in May of 2021, after getting credit for time served, but today she’s back behind bars at a medium-security women’s facility in Montgomery County after violating the conditions of her parole, Newsweek reports.
Her story is also the focus of the new Netflix documentary, “State of Alabama vs Brittany Smith” which began streaming Thursday.
According to the streaming service, the documentary tells the “harrowing story of a woman trying to use Alabama’s Stand Your Ground law after killing a man she says brutally attacked her.”
“I did what I thought I had to do,” Brittany said in an official trailer for the documentary. “Because if I wouldn’t have, my brother and I would both be dead.”
Reporter Ashley Remkus, who covered the case for AL.com and also participated in the documentary, said in the trailer that Brittany’s case explored the question of whether the state law is being adequately applied to both genders.
“Are women able to use the system to defend themselves in the way that men are?” she asked.
Shortly after Brittany’s guilty plea in 2020, her attorney Ron Smith told Oxygen.com that the sentence had been a “little disappointing” because he thought they had “a really good case to try,” but said ultimately Brittany didn’t want to leave her fate up to a jury and took the prosecution’s “generous offer.”
"She was willing to do it largely just to kind of know what the outcome is going to be rather than putting it in the hands of the judge and jury," he said at the time.
Brittany lost custody of her children before the murder after developing an addiction to meth, but she said she had gotten herself sober and had been on the verge of regaining custody at the time of the shooting, according to The Daily Beast.
Now, she’s hoping to share her story with her children and regain custody.
“I want to get my children back,” Brittany said in the documentary’s trailer. “I want them to know that Mommy’s not a murderer, that Mommy defended herself, and that you should always defend yourself."
Netflix’s “State of Alabama vs Brittany Smith,” is streaming now.