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Warrant: NCCU Slaying Suspect Was 'Stalking' Victim's Fiancé

Posted January 23, 2007

— A Greensboro woman accused of killing a North Carolina Central University graduate student earlier this month had been "stalking" the victim's fiancé, according to a search warrant released Tuesday.

The fiancé, Jermeir Stroud, a Greensboro police officer, told investigators Shannon Elizabeth Crawley, 27, had been stalking him for a while. She had seen Denita Monique Smith, Stroud said, and knew who she was.

Smith, 25, was shot inside a stairwell of Campus Crossing Apartments on Jan. 4 and then fell down several steps to the sidewalk, police said.

A maintenance worker told police he saw a woman matching Crawley's description driving away from the apartment complex in a burgundy Ford Explorer less than two hours before a maintenance worker found Smith's body.

According to the search warrant, he saw the woman walking away from where Smith's body was found. She was crying and distraught when she got into the Explorer, the witness told police.

"The witness stopped the vehicle and asked the subject if everything was okay, and she just continued to cry," the affidavit for the warrant stated. "He also asked if she had heard a gunshot, and she shook her head 'yes.'"

The affidavit continues, saying the witness was going to call police and that the driver attempted to leave the scene.

"He stopped her again telling her to wait, but she proceeded to leave anyway."

Police arrested Crawley, a dispatcher for Guilford Metro 911 in Greensboro, on Jan. 9, but have said very little about a possible motive for the shooting or the connection between Crawley, Stroud and Smith.

Investigators searched Crawley's house and a burgundy Ford Explorer belonging to her days before her arrest. The warrant shows they seized a Guilford Metro 911 uniform, a Sprint phone bill, a computer, photographs, e-mail printouts, two gunshot residue kits and a floppy disk.

Crawley is being held at North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women the women's prison in Raleigh without bond for safekeeping. She is scheduled to appear in court again next month.

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  • msajai73 Mar 12, 2007

    this is an update I found on the NCCU website..

    Officials release Smith autopsy
    By Geoffrey Cooper
    Echo Staff Writer

    Two months after the death of N. C. Central University graduate student Denita Monique Smith, autopsy results now show exactly how she died.

    According to a report by N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Smith was shot in the back of the head by a handgun at “distance range.”

    On January 4, Smith, 25, a native of Charlotte, NC, was discovered at the bottom of a stairwell at building 1100 at 1400 Campus Crossings Apartment Complex on E. Cornwallis Road.

    According to the report, Smith’s roommate heard Smith leave the building at 8:18 a.m.

    A couple minutes afterwards, the roommate and other occupants in the building heard “a loud noise, possibly a gunshot.”

    Click the link to read the rest...

  • snuggles Mar 9, 2007

    vickie...u sound like a ignorant individual who definitely needs jesus....badly

  • terraabrams Feb 8, 2007

    Regarding my message above...you only type in the last name, so it would be "crawley".

  • terraabrams Feb 8, 2007

    FYI - the court date was pushed to 2/28: http://www1.aoc.state.nc.us/www/calendars/CriminalQuery.html

    type in "shannon crawley" in the search box

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Feb 6, 2007

    It is funny how Crawley was supposed to go to court on Feb 1st, and there has been nothing else in the news about this. Was her case pushed back? I guess thsi type of crime is not newsworthy anymore, but I still here everyday about Nifong and the Lacrosse case.

  • finallysingle Jan 24, 2007

    latanya512..well it's within reason in my book ...LATONYA..SO Sorry I happen to say what alot of others think but,will not say for fear of retribution,you should see the emails I am getting..not a boring moment.America ...LAND OF THE OFFENDED

  • latanya512 Jan 24, 2007

    VickiJ40-You need Jesus baddd!!!! Whoever that man was that left you another woman, you need to forgive. You are mean and just ignorant. Yes this a place to express yourself and say what you want in reason. Any person can put up anything they want to in reason.

  • candiana61 Jan 24, 2007

    to: apg -dot- jag101703, get over yourself!

    marcia did say "possibly". and what's "known" to her may not be "known" to you. I've heard that about police officers before too...and she's not talking about the average male or female...she's talking about police officers. common sense tells us all the anybody can be a cheater...dugh! leave all the ASSumption crap, that's so played.

  • Heavensent Jan 24, 2007

    I smelled a dead rat in this case from the very beginning. But we have to let the justice system handle this case. I am grieved that a person lost their life behind "drama".

  • lakeshiahunter Jan 24, 2007

    vickiej40: No comment!

    RIP Denita Smith!