DALLAS (KTHV) – A University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB) student has been arrested in connection with the deaths of three people in Dallas, Texas.
According to the Dallas Police Department (DPD), 21-year-old Justin Pharez 'J Dawg' Smith was taken into custody without incident around 6:15 a.m. by the North Texas US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force at a home in Grand Prarie, Texas. He is suspected in a triple murder the happened Saturday on the 5100 block on Wynell Street.
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Smith apparently admitted to the crime during an interview with homicide detectives, added DPD spokespersons. He is now being held in lieu of a $1 million bond at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center for capital murder.
DPD said that Smith allegedly went to the home on Wynell Street to conduct unspecified "business". There, an argument flared, and he reportedly shot 38-year-old Demarcus Walton Black, 21-year-old Tyteanna Lyahanee Brown, 36-year-old and Kimberly Montgomery Black in addition to trying to kill two others. One of the victims was shot in the head; she played possum until he left and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Smith also apparently shot at a fifth person and then ran them over when his attempts to shoot them failed.
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The spokespersons for DPD said Smith then went to his mother's home to hide his guns, shower, and change his clothes; he then went to seek refuge with what police described as his "mentor" in Grand Prarie.
Police said all evidence has been collected from Smith's mother's home, and the family is cooperating with detectives.
Major Jeff Cotner with DPD confirmed that Smith is a student with UAPB; he said the information was confirmed through videos on his Facebook page while officers were searching for background information.
"Those videos depict a student in the University of Arkansas. It's a person that you would not stereotypically place in street narcotics sales," Cotner said.
Apparently, Smith was a junior at the school last semester and is studying agriculture.