Did Michelle Parker invite a lesson concerning the true cost of fame? After all, who chooses to voluntarily air their dirty laundry on national television? As most know, Michelle Parker of Orlando is the beautiful former fiance of Dale Smith who recently appeared on an episode of "The People's Court." The couple aired their dirty laundry on the show as they argued over custody of a $5,000 engagement ring. Apparently when the couple broke up Parker threw the ring back at Smith and the ring was apparently lost. (Parker and Smith have 3-year-old twins together.)
Thirty-three-year-old Michelle Parker of Orlando looks more like a model than a typical litigant. She demonstrated looks and wit on the November episode. However, shortly after the taped version of the show aired on November 17, 2011, her SUV was found abandoned. Michelle was no where to be seen and the 40-year-old Dale Smith became a person of interest in the disappearance of this mother of three.
Orlando police are concentrating on Smith and apparently there are no other person's of interest. Smith joined the U.S. Marines in 1996, but was dishonorably discharged as in 2003. While Smith has reportedly refused to take a lie-detector test, that is probably simply because of good advice of counsel given the unreliability of such testing. LINK. Orlando lawyer Mark NeJame and his partner Rajan Joshi are representing Smith. The Orlando Sentinel reports a history of violence associated with the couple. Specifically, the couple was apparently involved in a domestic violence case involving children in 2009. Public records also showed Smith was previously convicted on drug and domestic battery charges.
Dale Smith is to be presumed innocent of all charges unless otherwise convicted in a court of law. In the meantime, Legal Pub continues its quest against domestic violence. LINK. Should anyone have any information concerning Michelle Parker's disappearance, please contact Orlando police.
Update: Police have now named Dale Smith as a suspect. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=252lV8_OhU0 Hearing Michelle's family on video is heartbreaking.