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Trial date set in slaying of NCCU student

Posted September 4, 2008

— A Greensboro woman will go on trial in November on charges she killed a North Carolina Central University graduate student last year.

Shannon Elizabeth Crawley, 28, is charged with murder in the Jan. 4, 2007, shooting death of Denita Monique Smith.

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

Police arrested Crawley, a dispatcher for Guilford Metro 911 in Greensboro, five days later. They have said little about a possible motive for the shooting or the connection between the women.

According to a search warrant in the case, Crawley had been stalking Smith's fiancé, Jermeir Stroud, a Greensboro police officer, for a while before the shooting.

Crawley's trial has been set for the weeks of Nov. 10 and Nov. 17.


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  • thefensk Sep 5, 2008

    An even bigger question is: how does anybody come to the conclusion that killing someone is a good idea?

  • annemarek Sep 5, 2008

    I am truly sorry for the decisions young people make. When people are young they do not have the ability to think things out and respond emotionally with devastating results. What on earth is this young attractive female chasing a man who obviously did not want her? So sad. Her lack of self confidence and jealousy led her to disaster in her life and the death of another person. Women should not be fighting over a man. Let the man come to you.

  • GinaH Sep 5, 2008

    She needs to rot in jail the rest of her life.