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

Posted March 3, 2007 6:08 p.m. EST

— 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.