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|Soulja Slim's Killer Beat Four Murder Cases|
|Topic Started: May 13 2008, 07:26 PM (411 Views)|
|Gary A Swaby||May 13 2008, 07:26 PM Post #1|
Garelle Smith has been a thorn in the side of the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, as he has beaten four murder charges in past, primarily because of problems getting witnesses to testify.
Smith was first arrested on murder charges in connection with Soulja Slim, also known as James Tapp.
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Tapp had his own record label and had bought his mother a house, but in 2003, Tapp was killed.
Nearby where a plaque honoring Tapp is another marker, this one is for Mandell Duplesis who was murdered four years after Tapp.
Smith was arrested in connection with both Tapp and Duplesis’ murders, but he was never formerly charged. The reason is that the Orleans Parish D.A.’s office lost track of the witnesses.
"His [Smith’s] arrest record with the New Orleans Police Department started at the age of 10 when he was a juvenile," Rafael Goyeneche, head of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, said.
In 2007, Smith was arrested a third time for murder. This time it was for a killing at the St. Bernard Housing Project. A key witness in the case was involved in the D.A.’s Victim Assistance Program, and Smith was charged in this case. However, once again, the witness was lost and District Attorney Eddie Jordan dropped the charges.
"There's no hope, you know,” said Tapp’s mother. “If he just keeps getting out, don't look like he's gonna get caught for any of the murders. Every time he gets caught, he gets out for some reason."
Last month, Smith beat his fourth murder charge. The incident, the death of Terry Brock, occurred outside a nightclub on A.P. Tureaud Avenue. Other men were first arrested, but the D.A.’s office refused the case and an investigation led to Smith.
Charges were dropped once more when a witness wouldn’t testify.
"We depend on the community and witnesses in each case to pursue charges against defendants,” Bobby Freeman, head of the Violent Offender Unit, said. “It hurts not only our case, but the community at-large, when witnesses refuse or are unable to come forward."
|IAmSupa||May 13 2008, 09:23 PM Post #2|
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