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Grand Jury Indicts Suspect in N.C. Central Student's Death

Posted April 2, 2007

— A former Guiliford County 911 dispatcher was indicted Monday in connection with the shooting death of a North Carolina Central University student in January.

A grand jury indicted Shannon Crawley for murder. She's accused of killing Denita Smith, a graduate student from Charlotte.

Smith was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in the Campus Crossings Apartments complex on East Cornwallis Street in Durham on the morning of Jan. 4. Investigators later said she was killed by a single gunshot wound to the back of her head.

Crawley, a single mother with two elementary school-age children, lived blocks from Smith's fiancé, a Greensboro police officer, who told investigators Crawley was stalking him.


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  • Midnight Nurse Apr 3, 2007

    I feel sorry for the kids.....

  • IzzMad2016 Apr 3, 2007

    I meant "stalked" the victim, not talked. (Note to self : pay more attention to typing accurately)

  • IzzMad2016 Apr 3, 2007

    I've never heard one word about the slain girl's fiance' having anything to do with the defendant. She was a 911 Dispatcher (or something like that) and he was a Police Officer but the last I heard on the new or read in the papers, he didn't even know the defendant. It looks to me like she had a thing for him and talked both him and his girlfriend and the girlfriend wound up dead. I feel as much sorrow for him as I do everyone else involved in this tragedy.

  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner Apr 3, 2007

    It was never confirmed if the husband wsa having an affair with the defendant but that she had been stalking him and the girlfriend for a period of time, even to the point of moving into his same neighborhood. I want justice very much for this case but there seems to be a few pieces missing from this story. Regardless a very beautiful smart women lost her life over nothing. VERY VERY SAD!

  • Mmaker52 Apr 3, 2007

    You are a blood thirsty crowd! LOL

  • rpdwife05 Apr 3, 2007

    Does anyone know for a fact that the police officer was involved with this woman? NO. It hasn't even been mentioned in the news or police reports. This man has lost his fiance, presumably the love of his life, to MURDER. How heartless must you be to make him out to be at fault.

  • atlpeach Apr 3, 2007

    Does anyone know if the girlfriend had any idea that he was being stalked. I never heard any mention of it.

  • Greekgirl Apr 3, 2007

    Wildside;if he was hooking up with every girl on the planet...he missed one.gladly...yuck...lol

  • SRSD Apr 3, 2007

    Why do women fight over horrible guys? Seems like if he's a nasty dog, somebody would say, "Oh, OK. You can have him."

  • mslisac363 Apr 3, 2007

    It doesn't matter what a man or woman tells the other the person, you can't just shoot someone in the head! Now neither one of them have him or their life. What a shame a sick moment has to end this way.