Mills said the police probe into the hotel room murder suggested that Henry had been tortured.
“If convicted at trial and found to have subjected the first victim to substantial torture, the defendant will be sentenced to a mandatory 99 years of imprisonment,” Mills said.
The state’s bail memorandum, seen by TimesLIVE, provides chilling detail into Henry’s final moments through analysis of the footage found on the discarded flash drive which had been labelled “homicide at Midtown Marriot [the name of the hotel]”.
Video footage on the disk, time stamped between September 3 and 5, showed Henry’s repeated beating and rape.
The person filming pointed the camera at Henry while he slapped and strangled her, with the woman moaning and trying to scratch at his wrist as his grip tightened, the memorandum reads.
At one point in the footage, Smith is alleged to have said, “you need to f***ing die bitch…just f***ing die.”
It was his SA accent that linked him to the crime, with detectives remembering it from an unrelated investigation in which he was interviewed.
During an interview, he is said to have confessed to the murders and admitted to filming the slaying of Henry.