Jailed former Frankfort attorney charged with trying to have wife killed
A lawyer once jailed for allegedly punching his wife in the face after a divorce court hearing is now accused of trying to hire someone to kill her, authorities said.
A Will County Jail inmate told authorities that Robert W. Gold-Smith, 50, approached him and said: “I’ll pay you to kill my wife. I want it done clean,” according to a sheriff’s report.
Gold-Smith was charged Friday with solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation. He is jailed in lieu of $350,000 bail.
Gold-Smith, of Homer Glen, had worked out of a law office in Frankfort. He’s been held in the county jail since March 2011 for violating an order of protection and on aggravated domestic battery charges.
According to a Will County sheriff’s report, an inmate told police about Gold-Smith’s alleged request, which the report said happened in August 2011.
In September 2011, a different inmate told police Gold-Smith approached him in June that year and offered him $10,000 to kill Victoria Smith.
One inmate wore a wire for police on Aug. 23, 2011, and recorded a conversation with Gold-Smith about being a hired hit man, authorities said. Gold-Smith was suspicious the inmate was wearing a wire and patted him down before speaking with him, authorities said.
He said he wasn’t serious when he asked the inmate about the job, the report said.
“Everybody has crazy fantasies, you know? In reality, that’s all they are,” Gold-Smith was recorded saying.
In November 2010, Gold-Smith and his wife appeared in court for a hearing in their divorce case.
Authorities said Gold-Smith made a derogatory comment about his wife after the hearing, grabbed her by the hair and started punching her in the face, which knocked her to the ground.
Some people in the courtroom reportedly restrained him until sheriff’s deputies arrived.
In November 2010, Victoria Smith obtained an order of protection against him, court records show.
Court records show Victoria Smith filed for divorce in June 2010, citing mental cruelty and irreconcilable differences. Later that month, Gold-Smith filed a petition for divorce, saying his wife was guilty of mental cruelty and adultery.
During a hearing Tuesday afternoon, Gold-Smith said he is unemployed and homeless, and a public defender was appointed to represent him. He is to appear in court Oct. 17.