2 charges dropped against woman accused of killing deputy

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Cassandra Smith
Cassandra Smith’s mugshot. Credit: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office

The state has dropped two charges against a woman accused of drunk driving and killing a 23-year-old deputy following a crash.

Crash investigators said Cassandra Smith was drunk when she was arrested and smiled for her mug shot on Nov. 22 of 2022.

The state dropped a DUI damage to property charge. The second charge dropped was refusing to submit to a DUI test after license suspension.

Charlotte County Deputy Christopher Taylor died at the hospital. He was performing a traffic stop.

The trial is expected to start on Dec. 12 for the homicide case.

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