2 years after Staten Island travel agent, 38, shot dead in her home, husband admits guilt


STATEN ISLAND, NY – A Mariners Harbor man who two years ago killed his wife inside their home during an argument has pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter.

Kevin Smith, 43, has been charged with murder, assault and other crimes resulting from the murder, October 23, 2019, of Nikia Webster, 38.

Smith admitted his guilt on Wednesday in proceedings before the State Supreme Court of St. George.

In exchange, he will be sentenced on December 14 to 22 years in prison and five years of post-release surveillance.

In a statement, District Attorney Michael E. McMahon said the plea held Smith responsible “for the cold and despicable act of violence he committed against his wife.”

“My office will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that victims of domestic violence receive the justice they deserve, and our Domestic Violence Office remains committed to supporting victims and holding their abusers accountable,” the prosecutor said.

McMahon thanked Assistant District Attorneys Victoria Levin and Timothy Richard for “successfully completing this case and bringing justice to the victims in this tragic case.”

Defense lawyer Eugene Lamb could not be reached immediately for comment.

At a court conference in February 2020, Lamb said he was having Smith assessed by a psychiatrist to determine the viability of a defense of insanity.

However, the defendant never announced his intention to present this defense at trial.

Such court notice is necessary to pursue an insanity defense.

According to court documents, the deadly events took place around 11:40 p.m.

Smith and the victim had returned home from Manhattan and began arguing outside their home in the 100 block of South Avenue.

Smith punched Webster “multiple times” on the face and body, said prosecutors’ voluntary disclosure form, which is among their court documents.

The beating was recorded on surveillance videotape, prosecutors said.

The couple then entered the residence and went upstairs.

Smith took a .40 caliber handgun from a gun box in a bedroom drawer and shot the victim several times, hitting her once in the head, court documents show.

The victim’s two sons, aged 15 and 16, were then in their respective rooms.

A boy finally called 911.

After shooting his wife, Smith was seen videotaped leaving the house at 11:43 p.m. with what appeared to be a gun in his hand, court documents show.

He then stowed the gun in his belt before getting into his Jeep Cherokee, prosecutors’ court documents said.

Smith drove to Brooklyn, then to his mother in the upstate before returning to Brooklyn, the disclosure form said.

He was apprehended in Brooklyn as a suspect on October 24 and arrested the next day, according to court documents.

Smith had four guns registered at his home, court documents said.

While searching the residence, cops found three of the guns, but the fourth, a .40 caliber handgun, was missing, court documents show.

Police found an additional weapon – an unregistered and disfigured Smith & Wesson .357 caliber, court documents show.

Smith, who had 19,000 Instagram followers, introduced himself on social media as a Polo Ralph Lauren influencer, musician, app developer, IT tech, engineer, former physiotherapist and Con Edison employee.

Webster worked as a part-time travel agent.

In the months leading up to her death, she was busy promoting her travel agency on Facebook Live, posting what appeared to be a playful disposition.

In a message broadcast at a family reunion at a park, she said she hopes her viewers “hang out with the people you love and cherish because life is really short and you have to live every day at the park. maximum”.

In another role, she introduced herself to potential clients as a wife, a full-time mother of two boys, and a part-time travel agent.


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