Couple arraigned for murder of 77-year-old in Orange home invasion

Joshua Hart and Brittany Smith are charged in killing of Joanna Fisher, 77

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Brittany Smith is seen here during her April 14, 2017 arraignment at Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield for the killing of Joanna Fisher.

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man and a woman pleaded not guilty to murder charges Friday, in the death of the second victim of a home invasion in Orange last fall.

Joshua Hart and Brittany Smith, both of Athol, were indicted in late March for the killing of 77 year-old Joanna Fisher of Orange. The two have already been charged with murder in the death of Fisher’s husband, 95 year-old Thomas Harty.

Hart and Smith are accused of invading the couple’s East River Street home, stabbing Harty and suffocating him with a pillow. Harty was killed in the attack. The couple had allegedly tried to kill Fisher during the home invasion, but she lived another month, before dying at a Worcester hospital.

Hart and Smith are facing the following charges:

  • Two counts of Murder

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    Police booking photos of Joshua Hart and Brittany Smith, suspects in a deadly home invasion in Orange. Images Courtesy: Orange Police Department
  • Two Counts of Home Invasion, one naming each victim
  • Two Counts of Armed Robbery, one naming each victim
  • Conspiracy
  • Larceny over $250
  • Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card

Both pleaded not guilty during their arraignments early Friday afternoon at Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield. They are already being held without the right to bail on the charges they face for Harty’s murder. They were also ordered held without the right to bail in this case.


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