Ryan Mitchell Smith Houston: Attorney Ralph Manginello concerned about mental health of man accused of father’s murder

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The attorney for 26-year-old Ryan Smith, who led the police manhunt and is being questioned over his father’s death, said his main concern is mental health. of the client.

“His family and friends know this is not the Ryan Smith we know,” said attorney Ralph Manginello. “We’re all concerned with his mental health and want him to get some health.”

The bizarre chain of events began over the weekend, when Smith’s mother called the police to say her son had run away and gone in search of a gun, talking about killing himself.

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Hours later, Smith was arrested, charged with two robberies, stabbing a Houston police K-9, and evading arrest. A family member paid his $50,000 bond.

“I can’t comment on that, other than to say that his family loves him, cares about him, and was just trying to help him at the time,” Manginello said.

According to police, when Smith was out, he went to stay at his father’s home in the Memorial Park. Family members were worried they had not heard from him so they checked the home on Monday and so did the police, but found nothing.

Police found Smith in his father’s pickup truck nearby, with the lights on. That’s when he drove off and led the officers in pursuit. According to police, he abandoned his truck and walked near Memorial Park.

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Meanwhile, police searched the Memorial Park home for a second time early Tuesday and found his father’s body in the garage.

Hours later, the manhunt for Smith ended when he was spotted walking on Highway 159 in Austin County and arrested.

Smith was held free of charge on his charges and brought for questioning about his father. Houston police are awaiting an autopsy until any further charges are filed.

“He has rights. His family and friends care about him, and we just want him to help,” Manginello said.

Manginello said Smith spoke to investigators without him, which he was concerned about because of his mental health.

“As you know, a representative, cannot be questioned unless their attorney is there. So that’s related, yes,” Manginello said.

ABC13 has contacted Houston police for comment. A spokesperson said because this is an ongoing investigation, they were unable to comment further.

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