Man Charged in Connection to Fatal Easton Shooting Refuses to Waive Extradition; Held Without Bail

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

November 14, 2016

Michael Arthur Noguera, the 47-year-old Florida man arrested in South Carolina this weekend in connection to last week’s shooting death of Daniel G. Smith in Easton, today refused to waive extradition back to Massachusetts during his arraignment in a South Carolina courtroom.

Mr. Noguera, of Lehigh Acres, Florida, is charged in South Carolina as a fugitive from justice.  The defendant will be held without bail in South Carolina while this office begins the process of obtaining a Governor’s Warrant to compel his return to Massachusetts to face the charges lodged against him in the commonwealth.  The Governor’s Warrant process could take several weeks.

Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn’s office, along with members of the Horry County (South Carolina) Police Department and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Saturday afternoon located and arrested the defendant.

Mr. Noguera was found in a trailer on Canine Drive in Conway, SC.  The defendant is currently being charged in Massachusetts with Accessory to Murder-After the Fact, Armed Robbery and Larceny Over $250. The Massachusetts charges are all connected to the shooting of Mr. Smith, 35, of Florida (formerly of Easton).

At 1:06 p.m. Tuesday, Easton Police received a 911 call from an Easton woman who told police that her young sons, while riding their bikes in the woods, came upon a man who was suffering from gunshot wounds. 

Easton Police immediately responded to a wooded area between Pond Street and Langwater Pond. The man, who has been identified as Daniel G. Smith, was found about 25 yards into the woods. He was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton before being med-flighted to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he remained in critical condition until Friday night when he died at the hospital.

Investigators continue to seek the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle, believed to be connected to the case. If anyone in the region has seen or sees a red 2016 Mazda 3 sedan with Florida license plate tag number 372QQK, they are asked to immediately contact Easton Police at (508) 230-3322 or Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to this office  at (508)-717-4238

The investigation into this incident remains extremely active and ongoing at this time. No further comment can be made on this ongoing investigation at this time.

Gregg Miliote
Director of Communications