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Court combines charges against man accused of murdering new bride, stabbing stepdaughter in Roanoke

By Chris Hurst, churst@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:27:10 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 11 2013 07:47:20 PM EST

Michael Iseman is accused of stabbing Jeanne Smith inNovember.

ROANOKE, Va. -

The husband charged with murdering his new bride in Roanoke was in court Wednesday.

Michael Iseman is accused of stabbing Jeanne Smith in November.

Wednesday the court combined two other charges of attempted murder of Smith's daughter into one charge of attempted capital murder.

That's what a grand jury indicted him on earlier this month.

His next court appearance is set for January.

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A grand jury in Roanoke has charged a newly married husband with the murder of his wife and attempted capital murder of his stepdaughter.

Michael Iseman married Jeanne Smith in October of this year. In early November, Smith was found dead in her home on Albemarle Avenue. Her daughter, Elizabeth Wood was on the front porch, injured from being stabbed. A search warrant filed by Roanoke Police says Wood told investigators Iseman had stabbed her. He was later found and arrested in Henry County.

On Monday, a grand jury charged Iseman with malicious wounding and the attempted murder of Wood; he's also been charged with Smith's murder. He currently is being held in the Roanoke City Jail. His next scheduled court appearance is set for later in December.