STALLINGS – The Union County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the September 2017 murder of 87-year-old Stallings resident Simual “S.A.” Augusta Flowe.
Stephen D. Smithson, 51, of Monroe, was arrested March 1 on charges of first-degree murder. He is in jail under no bond. His next court date is March 27.
“Our detectives, crime scene investigators and deputies did excellent work in resolving this case,” Sheriff Eddie Cathey said. “At times, it seemed as though leads had dried up but they refused to give up.”
Detectives believe Flowe evicted Smithson from a nearby trailer while Smithson was incarcerated in the Mecklenburg County Jail during the spring or summer of 2017. Once released from jail, detectives believe Smithson visited Flowe to discuss a place to live and killed him during the encounter.