SWAT officers arrest murder suspect

Monday, December 7, 2009 at 5:34pm
Staff reports
Brandon Dewayne Smith

Acting on a tip to Crime Stoppers, Metro Police SWAT officers arrested accused murderer and convicted felon Brandon Dewayne Smith on Monday afternoon at a home in the 3200 block of Hinkle Drive.

Smith, 20, is charged with the Nov. 20 shooting death of Jean Francine Gordon inside her 430 N. Second St. apartment. He had been a fugitive since the early morning hours of Nov. 21 when the criminal homicide arrest warrant was issued.

Police say Smith and Gordon were acquaintances. He declined to be interviewed by detectives following his arrest today.

Smith was convicted in two separate felony cocaine cases in August for which he received eight- and three-year sentences to be served as part of a community corrections program.

6 Comments on this post:

By: msslau on 12/8/09 at 3:55

he looks like such a nice boy, I'm sure theres been a mistake

By: NewYorker1 on 12/8/09 at 7:49

UGH!!!! Another young black man down. I'm sooooo sick of it. Something needs to be done to stop these kids from destroying other people's lives and their own.

By: DustyU on 12/8/09 at 11:33

Another example of our non-functional judicial system at work. Two convictions for cocaine and still on the street. But the saddest part is the loss to his family and community of what he might have been. Our decaying society pushes young black men into a life of crime through a lack of jobs and opportunities. It takes guts and perseverance for an individual to overcome this handicap, a skill that few have been taught.


By: NewYorker1 on 12/8/09 at 12:32

DustyU, that is very true. Another problem that needs to be addressed is that when these people are released from prison and they have a felony on their record, it is almost impossible for them to get acclimated back into society. Many employers do not hire people with prior felonies. It's also difficult for them to get their driver's license, housing, etc. Most apartments will not rent to someone with a prior felony. They have no choice but to return back to crimes. They want to go back to prison so that they are no longer a burden to their families and friends. It's easier for them in prison than back out in society. At least in prison, they have health care, a bed, and three meals a day.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/8/09 at 4:40

good post, DustyU.

By: robertmack on 12/8/09 at 4:57

Nonsense! If they can't find a job, they can volunteer for a branch of the military and let it be known they want an immediate front line combat assignment as soon as their basic combat training is finished. No, the military doesn't want them either, but I'm sure they could convince the recruiting arn of one of the branches of service to give them a try. The Lord knows, we need all the military help we can get. This country is in deep trouble and we Americans have seen nothing yet, just give it another year to eighteen months and see what happens if we don't quit political correctness and get our heads out of the sand.