The Roswell Police Department is still looking for Patrick Smith, 49, as a person of interest in the homicide of Lisa Smith. The 44-year-old woman ran from her residence, Friday evening, engulfed in flames. Two people came to her aid, extinguishing the fire. Emergency Services took her to a local hospital, from which she was flown to Lubbock.
Medical personnel estimated that she had burns over 95 percent of her body.
The RPD reported on Monday that Lisa Smith succumbed to her injuries.
A search of New Mexico court cases revealed Patrick Smith has a history of domestic violence, and had been arrested several times on charges of battery of a household member. The most recent charge was scheduled in Chaves County District Court in February. The Roswell Police Department had been called to Smith’s Mesa Verde apartment for domestic disputes three times since July 2012.
Douglas Southern, the clinical director of Roswell Refuge, said, “Without something significant happening — intervention, or for some the end of the relationship — the situation won’t change.”
He noted that violence will escalate and often becomes worse after a spouse reports it to the police, and worse still if the person tries to separate from the abuser. “Most people ask why anyone would stay with an abusive partner, but the person may be threatened until they drop the charges.”
Smith is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weight 200 pounds, brown hair and shaved head. His known aliases are Stormy Smith and Chris Doughty.