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A twist in the Upper Arlington murder case

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The Upper Arlington murder case seemed pretty straight forward—a witness seeing the suspect arguing with the victim prior to the homicide, the suspect turning himself in, the suspect being identified in a photo lineup—until the case took an unexpected turn.

Jeffery Smith, the man suspected of stabbing and killing Charles Edward Hale McCoy at the Shops on Lane Monday afternoon, is a victim of simple mistaken identity?

That’s what his attorney, Joe Landusky, is claiming.

According to 10TV, Smith hired Landusky before he turned himself in to police Tuesday night.

Smith was arraigned at 9am Wednesday morning and given a $1.5 million bond.

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However, Landusky believes he will be a free man before long for three reasons:

  • According to the lawyer, there is video evidence of Smith being in another part of town during the time of the murder.
  • Landusky said Smith did not have a mark on his body even though he is being accused of getting into a physical altercation with the victim before the stabbing.
  • Allegedly, there were photos taken of Smith’s hands, neck, and body plus the clothes he was wearing when he turned himself in to the police that evidently don’t reflect a physical altercation and stabbing.

10TV reports Smith has 10 prior misdemeanors including assault and improper handling of firearms and four prior felonies.

He faces one count of aggravated murder and faces life without the possibility of parole if convicted.

Smith has a preliminary hearing on June 22.

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Horny hoodlums snatch $2,000 worth of merchandise from adult store

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Columbus Police are seeking the public's help in identifying four individuals who stole lingerie and other, um, "goods" from the Lions Den store at 1144 Alum Creek Drive late Monday night:

https://twitter.com/ColumbusPolice/status/1163521235692740609

Staff at the store estimated the value of the stolen goods at around $2,000.

Is that a banana in your pocket, or did you just rip off a $600 "item" from Lion's Den? Police are asking anyone with information to contact detectives at 614-645-2072, or to email [email protected]

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Crime Spree: Man accused of committing 12 crimes in 30 minutes

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In a criminal rampage worthy of the Grand Theft Auto series of video games, Columbus police say a local man racked up a dozen crimes in just 30 minutes earlier this month.

29-year-old Rodney Edward King, Jr. allegedly committed his sprint of misdeeds on Aug. 6 between 9:54 PM and 10:15 PM.

King allegedly robbed the residents of five different apartments before throwing a rock at a cab on the street. He then threatened a COTA bus driver with a screwdriver, striking him on the foot.

King faces 10 felony charges and 2 misdemeanors, including aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, aggravated menacing and Criminal Damaging or Endangering.

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Disturbing: Hundreds of animals seized from local pet shop, home

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In a scene that's being described as "disturbing," hundreds of animals, both dead and alive, were removed from a local pet store and residency Tuesday.

Columbus Humane agents seized about 100 reptiles, more than 90 dogs and puppies, and more than 50 livestock animals (turkeys, goats, pigs) from the Petting Zoo Pet Shop on West Broad Street and the owner’s residence on Demorest Road, reports 10TV.

The rescue and recover mission was the culmination of a months-long investigation into multiple complaints of improper caring of animals.

Columbus Humane will soon make available a list of supplies needed to care for the surviving animals.

Once the owner is in custody, charges will be filed.

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