Thomas Smith

The next court appearance for a Toledo man accused of murdering a Montpelier woman has been delayed.

Thomas J. Smith, 24, was scheduled for a pretrial conference at 9 a.m. Tuesday but it has been pushed back to 9 a.m. Aug. 11. Many court cases around the country have been postponed since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S.

Toledo police said that at 10:17 p.m. on Feb. 29, Smith stabbed Danialle Swan, 24, of Montpelier, several times in the chest and abdomen with a folding knife, approximately four inches long, as she entered a BP gas station on Monroe Street in Toledo. Swan later succumbed to her injuries at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

Authorities said Smith fled the scene on foot initially, but was tackled and held by multiple bystanders who witnessed the attack. Police also said it appears Swan and Smith did not know one another prior to the incident.

In March, Smith pleaded not guilty to the charges. In early May, Smith’s defense team resubmitted the plea as not guilty by reason of insanity. Smith was found competent to stand trial in mid-April.

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