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Springfield murder suspect arraigned

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Gregory Allen Smith Gregory Allen Smith
Wesley Wing Wesley Wing
Wendy Morris Wendy Morris
Kristin Walsh Kristin Walsh
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Gregory Allen Smith was led into a courtroom Friday, six days after the 30-year-old allegedly shot and killed Wesley Wing in Springfield.

Smith's girlfriend Wendy Morris was reportedly involved in the argument that police say led to the shooting. Court papers say Wing called her a heroin addict and told her to get her drugs out of the neighborhood. Police believe she told Smith, who then shot Wing.

Investigators say Morris and Smith took off. Police launched a manhunt across the region. Investigators say Smith got help hiding from two girlfriends-- Morris and Kristin Walsh. Police have already charged Walsh for helping Smith elude police.

Troopers found Smith and Morris at a campground in South Londonderry Thursday morning.

"We would reserve bail arguments at this time and request a weight of the evidence hearing be scheduled," defense lawyer Jordana Levine said.

Smith pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder charges. He will be held without bail awaiting a hearing.

Morris pleaded not guilty to a charge of accessory after the fact. The prosecutor argued for bail to be set at $10,000 due to the seriousness of the circumstances, aiding a fugitive and fleeing authorities. But Vermont Superior Court Judge Robert Gerety disagreed and she was released.

"In this case there's nothing before the court indicating that this particular defendant has any history in court, in criminal court at all. And certainly no history of failing to appear," Gerety said.

Morris faces a list of conditions for her release, including staying away from Wing's family members. Many were in the courtroom. Gerety said Morris could be arrested without warrant if she violates any of the terms set Friday.

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