Published On: Wed, May 28th, 2014

Triple homicide suspect Davey Smith found, killed in Tennessee as victims identified

A man wanted in connection with a triple murder in  Florida has died after being taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Tennessee, officials said.

David Eugene Smith, 27, was taken to a hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a SWAT standoff at a Days Inn in Knoxville, Tenn. according to officials.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd detailed on Monday that Smith shot and killed three people, including his sister, in a Florida home.  David’s sister, Danyala Smith, was identified as the teen’s mother who found the bodies; Ni’Kosi Williams, of Lakeland; and 28-year-old Miranda Mims, a friend of Danyala.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office said Smith had died just after 5:30 p.m. at the UT Medical Center. An autopsy for Smith is scheduled for Wednesday.

Judd said a 14-year-old teen returned from an ROTC weekend event Monday night and found her mother’s body in their Polk County home.  Authorities were alerted and the other two bodies, a man and a woman, were found inside the home.

“It was a very violent scene,” said Judd, who added that the triple slaying could have occurred as early as Saturday night.

David Eugene Smith

David Eugene Smith

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