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Autopsy: N.C. Central Student Killed by Gunshot Wound

Posted March 3, 2007

— The autopsy report is reportedly out on slain North Carolina Central student Denita Smith.

The Durham Herald Sun reports the autopsy shows Smith was shot in the back of the head, and the shot was fired from a "distant range."

Police believe Smith was shot just after she left her Durham apartment the morning of Jan. 4. Her body was found two hours later.

Shannon Crawley, a former Guilford County 911 operator, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Smith’s death. Smith's fiancé, a Greensboro police officer, told investigators Crawley was stalking him.
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  • unchick Mar 5, 1:09 p.m.

    Although I am surprised at how long and how little information was covered on this case as well,I still don't think it's appropriate to call people names. That's childish. I pray for the families involved. It's just a sad story.

  • jchelpus Mar 5, 11:55 a.m.

    I dont think it would matter at all how Ms. Smith was killed but the fact remains that two families are broken hearted over a very simple incident. Come on guys be careful how you make comments on this site or anywhere else for that matter; families are still griveing, we all could very well be in the same situation simply becuase of the unknown. I hope all goes well with the case and justice is served.

  • life43 Mar 5, 11:43 a.m.

    I don't understand why their has not been more media coverage of this story until now. And the slut who accused the men at Duke of rape was in the media everyday. Don't think this is fair.

  • norwinfischer Mar 5, 7:47 a.m.

    Good to hear that the autopsy confirmed something that we had know all along. Now how long did it take to reach that conclusion? Two months? No wonder the courts are backed up. They have to wait for "conclusive" reports like this before they can prosecute!

  • Thornedwolf Mar 4, 4:50 p.m.

    hmmmm whats this a small whole with a bullit in it, well I dont want to be to hasty got to check the toxicology reports make sure it wasnt a poisning of a sort or the heart after all heart desises is a killer to.....maybe its cancer.....or could of been stabed the possibilitys are endless!
    Wow people can be so slow sometimes

  • Lizard Paw Mar 4, 11:42 a.m.

    ya'll check out this story,,,,http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/1221297/

  • needmocash Mar 4, 9:32 a.m.

    3 Months later and WRAL churns out the same old story. Maybe if she had on a clown suit or something when she shot Smith there would be mover of a story. A NCCU student was killed here and it didn't get now where near the Duke rape story did. What a world we leave in. A promising, intelligent lady has her life snuffed out in a heartbeat and not much more than a peep in the News. But let some slut who has done nothing but screwed her way up die and it's all in the news for days. She's called a "Celebrety" and had no talent whatsoever. What a shame

  • Pistolla blue_stater Mar 4, 4:47 a.m.

    I don't know about the "conspiracy theory" bit. Even though nothing has been really said. It seems a wasted story, it was a cowardly act itself that got me miffed.

  • bombayrunner Mar 4, 2:37 a.m.

    Don't back out now, WRAL. Now that a cop is indirectly involved. No one wants to say anything more on this case. If we can have a female astronaut covering hundreds of miles, diaper on and all, going after the woman thats fooling around with her man! Why can't there be more on this case?

  • FragmentFour Mar 4, 1:14 a.m.

    Would have been nice if the story contained the DATE the autopsy report was released... and the date it was actually done. The only "new" thing in this is that the tests determined the shot was "from a distant range." Does that put it into rifle category or still leave it inside hand gun range?

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