Suspect arrested for murder of Dominic Brooks

The man charged with the fatal stabbing of Dominic Brooks was ordered held without bail.

William Edward Smith, 32, was charged with second-degree murder while armed on June 15.

At the arraignment, his attorney requested he be released. The attorney argued that this client was trying to defend himself from the victim, who according to the attorney, sometimes carried a weapon with him. Police reports did not indicate whether the victim was armed or not, the attorney argued.

The government noted that Smith was previously charged with fleeing from the police, assaulting the police. This is his third murder charge. He was indicted on one of the previous charges.

The judge ruled that there was enough probable cause to continue the case, noting that the defendant had stabbed someone and allegedly told everybody about it. He order that Smith be held.



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