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Delmer Smith's ex-fiancee testifies in Sarasota home invasion trial

SARASOTA -- Testimony resumed this morning in Delmer Smith III's home invasion and kidnapping trial with his ex-fiancee on the stand.

Michele Quinones, of North Port, testified that when the desktop computer she used for her deejaying job broke, Smith gave her a laptop to use. She did not know the laptop belonged to the victim he allegedly robbed on March 14, 2009.

“He was very good to me,” Quinones said, adding that Smith always paid his part of the mortgage on time, often bought her flowers and washed her hair.

“Now I see things differently,” she said. “You live in a bubble where you don't really see what's going on in the world.”

Smith is also suspected in as many as 10 other home invasion robberies -- five in Manatee County and five in Sarasota County -- that took place between February and May 2009. During one home invasion, he allegedly sexually assaulted one woman.

Smith is also charged with bludgeoning Kathleen Briles of Manatee County to death with a sewing machine on Aug. 3, 2009, in her Terra Ceia home. That trial is set for July and he could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder

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