Warrant issued in state Capitol vandalism case

Friday, July 8, 2011, Vol. 35, No. 27

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials have issued a warrant for a woman charged with spray painting graffiti on the state Capitol last month.

The Highway Patrol on Tuesday said in a news release that 37-year-old Barbara Ann Smith of Murfreesboro, Tenn., is charged with felony vandalism. She is currently jailed in Murfreesboro on unrelated vandalism charges.

On June 19, troopers found hand-drawn pentagrams on the exterior walls of the Capitol. The words "RIP TONY AL" and "WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE" were spray painted in black.

Surveillance video showed a hooded suspect near the scene.