Aspiring Rapper Convicted of Capital Murder for Killing Three People at Dallas Drug House for Money

Justin Pharez Smith once wanted to be a famous rapper. Now he's a convicted killer who could be sentenced to death. The day before Smith systematically gunned down four people in a drug house he released "Fear," a song in which he rhymed "body bags" and "toe tags." The former University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff student once delivered an anti-drug, anti-violence spoken-word performance in Washington, D.C.But in the early hours of Aug. 2, 2014, he was driven to kill three people and seriously injure two others because he needed money, prosecutors said Friday during closing arguments in the capital murder trial against Smith. Smith, 24, fatally shot Tyteanna Brown, 21; Kimberly Montgomery, 36; and Demarcus Walton, 37, at a drug house in the 5100 block of Wynell Street.Jurors deliberated for about four hours before convicting Smith. He could be sentenced to death. The sentencing phase of the trial begins Monday.   Continue reading...

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