Death sentence on line for would-be rapper in triple killing


April 23, 2017

DALLAS (AP) — A former University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff student who once aspired to become a famous rapper now has his life on the line after his capital murder conviction in the shooting deaths of three people at a Dallas drug house.

The penalty phase opens Monday in the trial of Justin Pharez Smith, 24, in which prosecutors will present evidence in their bid for a death sentence.

Killed in the August 2014 shooting rampage were Tyteanna Brown, 21; Kimberly Montgomery, 36; and Demarcus Walton, 37.

He also shot a woman in the face, who played dead, and hit a man with his car while making...

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