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Investigators look at financial motive for minister's shooting

Posted September 28, 2009
Updated June 16, 2011

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Editor's note: All charges against Carletta Patrice Alston were dismissed by the Wake County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators with the Wake County Sheriff's Office want to look at the finances of a woman suspected in the murder of her step-father.

Carletta Patrice Alston, 24, is charged in the June 4 shooting of Michael Donnell Smith, 48, outside his Knightdale home. She was being held in the Wake County Jail.

In requesting the search, investigators said they "found that Alston had a number of significant debts" and could have benefited financially from her step-father's death. They have asked to see records from her Wachovia bank accounts, documentation of her eligibility for food stamps and medical bills from Duke University Health System.


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