Man arraigned on charges of murdering Cleveland Clinic worker, dumping body in landfill


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – A man facing multiple charges in the murder of a Cleveland Clinic worker was arraigned Wednesday.

Richard Muncie, 50, was indicted on 9 charges in the murder of Cari Smith.

His lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Richard Muncie, Jr., (Courtesy: North Royalton Police Department)

Smith’s body was found in a landfill Friday, June 25.

Earlier that day, police had begun investigating her disappearance when she didn’t show up for work.

Her car was missing at her North Royalton home and there were signs of a violent abduction, according to police.

Detectives used OnStar technology to track the vehicle, which Muncie was driving.

He was arrested that day before Smith’s body was found.

His bond was initially set at $2 million.

The judge upheld that amount in the arraignment.

Police say Smith had filed an assault report against Muncie two weeks prior to her death.

Smith worked for the Cleveland Clinic for 19 years.

Muncie’s pretrial is scheduled for July 20.

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