Friend describes phone call with Menice Smith after homicides, assault

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Joseph McAlister, a friend of Menice Montell Smith, is shedding light on why Smith may have killed two women and beat a third Monday morning.

McAlister says Smith called him around 5:40 a.m. Monday and explained his violent actions over the phone.

“He had just killed two people. And he had tried to kill a third person,” said McAlister. “I asked him why would he do something like that? He told me he was tired of the abuse… the relationship he was in, she would talk down to him. Talk to him like he was nothing.”

McAlister says Smith was talking about Jamie Lynn Goode, the woman police found dead on Sydney Oaks Drive in Browns Summit. McAlister told FOX8 Smith did express remorse for what he’d done.

“He began to cry and stuff and said he loved her, stuff like that,” said McAlister.

Smith reportedly never talked about the other two women. McAlister says the conversation ended after Smith said he planned to kill himself.

“I began to tell him nothing was worth taking his life. He should turn himself in. He said he couldn’t spend the rest of his life in prison,” said McAlister.

McAlister says he has shared his information with Guilford County deputies and Greensboro police.

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