Va. girl returns home, suspect in court Tuesday

Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - 12-year-old Brittany Smith is returning from San Francisco accompanied by two detectives. She's expected in Roanoke any moment.

She and 32-year-old Jeff Easley were found in California, days after an amber alert was issued and Brittany's mother was found murdered.

New surveillance video and court documents also detail where Smith and Easley were in the hours after that murder.

The video shows Brittany and Easley at a Salem store, less than an hour after leaving a Wal-Mart December third.

Police say Easley is seen meeting up with a man he knew. Later, Easley and Brittany drove away. A short time later, the store clerk saw the amber alert on the news.

"That's when I told Debbie that the Friday previous that I worked I remembered him coming in with her because it was cold and she wasn't wearing a jacket," said the clerk.

We've also learned that Easley is now facing a federal charge for traveling out of state to avoid prosecution.

He will have a court appearance Tuesday morning in San Francisco to start the process of extraditing him back to Virginia.

Also, the man seen meeting with Easley on that surveillance video, is being investigated to see what role, if any, he played in this case.

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