Boca Raton police officer charged with murder of officer’s wife

Boca-Dade Police Officer William Smith Jr. has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, and a jury is set to decide the case Wednesday.

Smith is accused of killing 32-year-old Teresa Peralta in her home last December.

The Broward County State Attorney’s Office said Wednesday that the indictment includes two counts of first- and second-degree premeditated murder, as well as two counts each of murder, first- degree attempted murder, aggravated battery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The indictment includes charges of first degree premeditate murder, assault, murder, attempted murder and battery with intent to kill.

The charges stem from the Dec. 17 shooting.

Prosecutors say the incident began when a woman was awakened by Smith, who called her “a worthless piece of shit.”

“I was scared for her life, I just shot her,” Smith told police, according to the indictment.

Peralta’s family said the two argued over money and then Smith left.

Pelvic cancer has since spread to her back, and she died on Nov. 27, according.