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Sons of murder victim testify in Gregory Smith trial

Capital murder suspect Gregory Smith is accused of stabbing Gerronda Hill to death in front of her sons. Source: WBRC video Capital murder suspect Gregory Smith is accused of stabbing Gerronda Hill to death in front of her sons. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Two teenage sons who saw their mother being stabbed to death in 2011 testified in the capital murder trial of her suspected killer, Gregory Smith.

On Friday, jurors also heard a 911 call made by Gerronda Hill's 10-year-old son moments after she was fatally stabbed.

The boys were 13 and 10 at the time of their mom's death and are now 17 and 13 years old. Their identities will not be released because of their ages.

Gerronda Hill's oldest soon took the stand first, recalling the night of May 4, 2011.

He recalled walking in the back door of his home with his mom and younger brother and his mom telling the boys to stay in the kitchen.

She smelled cigarettes and knew Gregory Smith, her on-again, off-again boyfriend, was in the house.

Both sons told the court Hill went looking for Smith and found him hiding in a bedroom closet.

Afterwards, the two began to argue. One son testified Hill and Smith went outside but not before Hill unwired the screen door.

Hill had just tied it up that morning because she didn't want Smith coming in.

Once Smith and Hill were both outside, the arguing continued. Both boys remembered their mom spraying mace in Smith's face, then running for the house but not before Smith could grab her and stab her multiple times.

But on cross examination, both boys testified that their mom never called police when she Hill thought Smith was in the house and that they never saw Smith pull the knife until after he was maced.

The testimony ended when prosecutors played the 911 tape made by Smith's younger son just moments after seeing his mom stabbed.

He screamed and cried for help, at times frantically calling out to his mother. After the tape was played, jurors, in an unusual move, asked for a break. Several left the courtroom in tears.

Earlier this week, prosecutors wanted jurors to consider text messages Smith allegedly sent to Hill, including one that said "Till death do us part. I mean that."

Judge William Cole ruled the messages will be allowed.

If convicted, Smith could get the death penalty. Testimony in the case will resume on Tuesday.

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