Huntley man charged with killing father, 2 sons
A Huntley man has been charged with the murder of a man and his two young sons found shot dead last month at their home in Belvidere.
Alize Q. Smith, 24, faces three counts of first-degree murder in the December 19 killings of Andrew Hintt, 31, and his two sons, Benjamin, 7, and Sebastian, 5, Belvider police said Wednesday.
Smith was detained without bail at Boone County Jail, and his first appearance was expected Thursday afternoon. Court records did not list a lawyer who could speak on Smith’s behalf.
Police said they were called to Hintt’s home around 6 p.m. 21.35 on December 19 and found him and his two sons shot dead, Rockford ABC affiliate WTVO-TV reported. Police said Smith spent part of the day for the killings with Hintt and his sons at Hintt’s home.
It was not immediately clear how the men knew each other, but the mother of the two boys and Hintt’s fiancé, Maddie Way, suggested in an interview with WTVO on Wednesday that she knew Smith.
“This man was sitting at a table with me, eating food I’ve made, playing with my daughter, telling me how much he loved children, and how he could not wait to have them,” Way said.
Hintt and Way were the parents of five children in total, the Rockford Register Star reported. Benjamin and Sebastian lived with other relatives in the area; Hintt’s aunt said Hintt regularly saw the boys, Register Star reported.
Police have not announced a possible motive for the killings during the ongoing investigation.
“I know the public has many questions regarding a horrific act like this, and it’s only natural when something like this happens to a community, but please understand that the integrity of this investigation is my priority,” says Belvidere Police Chief Shane Woody said. “What I can tell you is that over the last two and a half weeks, Belvider’s police have conducted an exhaustive investigation to bring justice and accountability to the family.”
This investigation included, in the first days after the killings, a search of a Huntley home on Timer Drive by U.S. marshals and Belvidere police. Several pieces of evidence were seized, Belvider police said at the time. They did not say whether Smith owned or lived in the home.
Woody said police are still searching for Hintt’s vehicle, a silver 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk with the Illinois license plate CTT92923. And Woody said investigators continue to seek information that anyone has about the case; people can call Belvidere Police at (815) 544-2135 or report anonymously to Boone County Crime Stoppers at (815) 547-7867.
Smith was arrested last month for a probation violation and identified by Belvidere police as a person with an interest in the killings.
Boone County State Attorney Tricia Smith said that if convicted, Smith would risk life in prison for each case of first-degree murder without the possibility of parole.
Illinois Department of Corrections records show Smith was convicted of armed robbery in 2016 for holding up a loan store in McHenry with a BB gun and sentenced to four years in prison, Shaw Media reported. At the time, he was also charged with holding a 7-Eleven in Huntley a week earlier.
He was also sentenced to two years of mandatory supervised release with a bootcamp recommendation. His lawyer said at the time that he was afraid his client might not qualify or be able to complete boot camp because he had type 1 diabetes.
Smith had no criminal history before the robberies.
Way told WTVO she did not understand how anyone could kill two little boys.
“My babies, they were innocent. They were innocent children.”