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Bothell police warn naked man about sex in front yard of home where wife was murdered

Susann Smith, inset, was murdered in this home in February. She lived in the home with her two children. Her estranged husband, who was named a person of interest in the crime, has since moved into the home. - Reporter file photo
Susann Smith, inset, was murdered in this home in February. She lived in the home with her two children. Her estranged husband, who was named a person of interest in the crime, has since moved into the home.
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Police continue to be called by neighbors to a home where a Bothell mother was found murdered in February. The latest call was for a female scream coming from the residence on Monday.

When police arrived they saw a naked man and woman involved in sexual acts in the front yard.

This is the fourth call to police for an incident at the home during the past month.

The naked man was identified as Alan Justin Smith in the police report. Smith, who has since moved back into the home, was named as the only person of interest in his estranged wife Susann Smith's murder.

A neighbor called police at 12:30 p.m. on Monday after hearing a scream emanate from the home while outside with her landscaper, according to the police report. The neighbor did not observe any other suspicious activity. Three Bothell police officers responded at 1:23 p.m. after a detective spoke with the reporting party.

When officers arrived they walked down the driveway to the front gate. The front yard is enclosed by the gate and a large hedge.

From the gate, officers could see Smith and a woman engaged in sexual acts in a corner of the yard.

"Smith and [the woman] could clearly be seen by the neighbors if they had been walking along the fence line and looked in their direction," an officer wrote in the police report.

Police took photos of the couple engaged in the sexual acts for the report and then contacted the couple.

"Both told me that they had not been fighting or arguing, and that everything was okay," an officer wrote in the report. "I warned both parties and advised them of the indecent exposure laws. They said that they would go into the house."

A neighbor told the Reporter on condition of anonymity that he heard the officer tell Smith, "Weren't you warned about this before?" in relation to the nudity and that the next time it happens Smith would be arrested.

The neighbor then heard the couple go into the home and begin yelling at each other. The officer told the neighbor that the original scream was one of passion.

Police were also called to the home on May 16 for an indecent exposure issue. The same 32-year-old Seattle woman involved in Monday's incident told police that she was Smith's girlfriend and was sunbathing in the backyard. The couple was warned about the issue at the time.

Police were then called to the home for two domestic disturbance issues between Smith and the woman on May 24.

Neighbors have been outspoken about their fear of Smith and the circumstances of his wife's death.

Police have said repeatedly that they are still investigating the murder and told residents to call 911 if anything is out of sorts in the neighborhood. No one has been arrested in connection with Smith's murder.

Susann Smith, 37, was found with defensive wounds on her hands and arms, a fractured skull, 19 separate blunt force strikes and stab wounds to her face and hands in February, court documents state. She had to be identified by her dental records.

Witness interviews paint a picture of Alan Smith’s frustration with the couple’s custody battle. Susann Smith had threatened to move back to Germany and take the kids, according to court records.

Bothell police found Susann Smith’s body in the bathtub of her unlocked home with no signs of sexual assault.

Her body was found after her employer, Z2Live, reported that she had not showed up for work.

DNA from the murder scene, along with DNA from a bicycle connected to the crime and matching Allan Smith's credit card records were taken for testing.

Alan Smith also was reported to have inconsistencies and lied to police during questioning, according to search warrant documents. He had searches on his work computer for a flight from Seattle to Simon Bolivar Airport in Venezuela for one adult and two children and did a search for “will Venezuela extradite to the U.S.,” the search warrant documents continue.

He had also discussed how to kill his ex-wife with an ex-girlfriend, she told police in search warrant documents.

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