GRAPHIC: 2 charged in connection to kidnapping, torture that led to man’s death

Samantha Johnson and Robert Smothers
Samantha Johnson and Robert Smothers(LMDC)
Updated: Jan. 28, 2021 at 10:33 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A man and woman are facing charges after police said they kidnapped and tortured two people, which resulted in a man’s death.

Robert Smothers, 40, and Samantha Johnson, 31, woke up Jeremy Lind and a woman around 1 a.m. on Sept. 27, 2020 and took them to an undisclosed location, according to court documents.

When they arrived, the victims were forced at gun point to strip out of their clothes. They were then beaten, forced to eat dog food and were “deprived of basic human rights.”

Documents state the victims were pistol whipped and the woman victim was forced to clean

Lind’s blood while he was unconscious.

Lind’s hands and feet were allegedly bound with rope and a ligature was placed around his neck.

Police said Lind’s tongue was removed and put in a foil ball that was then placed in his mouth, which caused him to choke and resulted in his death.

Lind was beaten so severely his mouth structure was rearranged and he was unrecognizable, according to documents.

Smothers and Johnson allegedly kept the other victim alive with the intent to use her for human trafficking. The victim later escaped.

Lind’s body was moved to a shed for two or three days before police said his body was dumped in an alley in the 3600 block of Lentz Avenue on Sept. 30, 2020.

Smothers was booked into Louisville Metro Department of Corrections and charged with complicity to murder, assault, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, abuse of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and wanton endangerment.

Johnson was taken into custody and charged with complicity to wanton endangerment, murder, assault, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

She appeared in court Thursday where her bond was set at $1 million.

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