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

Posted April 2, 2007 5:13 p.m. EDT
Updated April 2, 2007 8:33 p.m. EDT

— 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.