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Clayton police officer's killer denied parole

Posted November 17, 2014

Bobby Earl Smith

— North Carolina's Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission has denied parole for a man convicted of killing a Clayton police officer 32 years ago, according to the officer's family.

Bobby Earl Smith, 64, was sentenced in 1982 to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for fatally shooting William Ray Gilmore Jr.

Gilmore, 24, was shot twice in the head on Jan. 30, 1982, while he and another officer had been responding to a disturbance call.

Reasons for the four-member parole commission's decision to deny Smith parole are confidential.

Under sentencing laws at the time of his conviction, Smith has been eligible for parole since 1990.

His next review will be in October 2017.

Smith is currently in prison in Raleigh at Wake County Correctional Center.


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  • Arthur Raleigh Nov 18, 2014
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    Why is he at Wake County Correctional Center and not Central Prison.

  • Tessie Taylor Nov 17, 2014
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    No surprise. Shouldn't.

  • USAF Vet Nov 17, 2014

    There shouldn't even be a parole option...

  • miseem Nov 17, 2014