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Minister found shot to death on Knightdale driveway

Posted June 4, 2009

— Wake County authorities are investigating a shooting that left a Knightdale associate minister dead on his driveway Thursday morning.

Sheriff Donnie Harrison said that someone reported hearing a gunshot shortly after 3:30 a.m. When deputies arrived at 1808 Lucas Road a few minutes later, they found the body of Michael Donnell Smith, 48.

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Neighbor Craig Lucas said Smith, who lived at the residence with his wife and stepdaughter, was also a truck driver and might have been going to work.

Investigators are still trying to determine what happened and have not offered a possible motive for the shooting or why Smith might have been outside his home at that time of night.

Harrison said Smith's wife was inside the home at the time. No one else was injured.

Smith was arrested on fraud charges in 2004, but Lucas said he had turned around his life within the past few years.

He was an associate minister at Truth and Delivery International Ministry Church in Knightdale, where he preached, taught Bible study, Sunday school and was active in community outreach.

He had given his first sermon at the church exactly three years ago Thursday.


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  • mjlt3 Jun 4, 2009

    Sad --- this man tried to turn his life around came a little to "late" - my prayer goes out to the family! What is this world coming to? No regards to life what-so-ever...... As far as crime, it is truly everywhere(we are living in the last days people)"critical times hard to deal with" indeed! No guidance, NO morals, NO respect for others what-so-ever. Looking at his criminal record online, I hope it didn't have anything to do with drugs or fraud.

  • Caveman93 Jun 4, 2009

    Hey! Does anyone know how many felonies are required under NC State Law to be a Minister? Just curious. Thanks.

  • Commentor5 Jun 4, 2009

    WRAL: What does that statement "Smith was arrested on fraud charges in 2004," have ANYTHING to do with this story? Why must you always bring up stuff like this? Is this an over-zealous reporter? This family lost a loved one - just leave it at that.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jun 4, 2009

    WRAL, please keep us all up dated on the latest news as to why this so-called minister was out at 3:30 a.m and got shot. I would appreciate anything new. Professor June 4, 2009 2:53 p.m. Report abuse

    Truck drivers usually get up this early to start their workday...

    or he could have been like the MINISTER that killed the girl and dumped the body on 540 last year..

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jun 4, 2009

    "This cat had 5 felonies,one as recently as 2005...he needed to change.

    i HOPE he did...think about it

  • weneed2pray Jun 4, 2009

    That's so sad.... So close to home.

    what is this world coming to? Getting shot on the way to work, trying to make a honest living.


  • GoLO_2010 Jun 4, 2009

    So the fact is he was going to work. Got it!

    Horrible way to go, rest in peace.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jun 4, 2009

    Well no dip Sherlock crime is everywhere, and certain groups have tried to move out of areas high in crime i.e Knightdale and now the very people they tried to get away from in Raleigh are now living in Knightdale. Stereotypes exist for a reason. Both good and bad ones. Go ahead and try to rip apart my view, but if you don't like stereotypes it's tough luck, they will never go away.

  • ksh33 Jun 4, 2009

    Fatcat, I guess you too are without sin? I am sure you have a bone in your shoe too?

  • ksh33 Jun 4, 2009

    Ok, let me bottom line this. If you don't think that Knightdale is safe or any other place for that reason, go somewhere else. But take with you the notion that Crime is everywhere. Is there a good neighborhood, no because crime does not know socio-economic status. I guess the people who get shot sitting in their homes or ushering in their churches fit into the same category as this man - we all have history. So many are quick to search this man's background to find something on him. What's in your closet? And if you turned up laying face down in your driveway at 5am in the morning, I guess you were up to something other than getting your newspaper huh? Be slow to judge and quick to give sympathy. So, what do we know to be TRUE? Earth just lost a man who was a father, husband, a mother's child, a fried and and minister. He turned his life around, now, regardless of his past. If he asked God to forgive him he would make it past the pearly gates before those who chose 2 judge him.