Attack Victim's Medical Condition Improving

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A business owner who was viciously attacked earlier this week in Charleston has been moved out of ICU and into a regular room at CAMC General.

Jerry Smith is accused of attacking Betty Whiteley on Monday after she refused to give him money. It happened inside a business along Virginia Street on the city's West Side.

Police said Smith tried to steal Whiteley's rings and necklace.

Whiteley fought back, and that's when Smith is accused of getting a screwdriver and stabbing her in the chin and hand.

Smith was found and arrested a short time later. In an interview with, he said drug addiction influenced his behavior.

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