Former Knox Co. Ky. judge-executive suspect in murder-suicide

Former Knox Co. Ky. judge-executive suspect in murder-suicide

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Three victims with gunshot wounds were discovered in this home on Laurel Lakes Road near Pineville. Three victims with gunshot wounds were discovered in this home on Laurel Lakes Road near Pineville.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WATE) - A man and his two adult children were shot in Bell County Tuesday in what authorities say was a murder-suicide. The suspected gunman, a former Knox County, Ky. judge-executive, was found with a fatal gunshot wound in a Knox County cemetery.

Kentucky State Police investigators say three victims with gunshot wounds were discovered at 9:42 a.m. in a home on Laurel Lakes Road near Pineville.

Two men were found dead at the scene, Michael Smith, 50, and his son, Mychael Dustin Smith, 21.

Robin Smith, 21, a daughter of the elder Smith, was wounded. Troopers say she was alert and speaking when she was airlifted to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

A short time later Raymond Curtis Smith, 51, was found with a gunshot wound at his father's grave in Hammon's Cemetery in Knox County, Ky. He died a short time later in a hospital of what troopers say appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Raymond Smith was the judge-executive for Knox County from 2003 to 2007.

Authorities say the gunman is not related to the three victims.

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the shootings.

Raymond Smith pleaded guilty in 2008 to a federal charge of mail fraud after he was accused of falsifying paperwork from a contractor hired by the county to make it appear as though the contractor had bid for work.

"She was good in school, cheerleader. She's just an all around good girl," said Dalton Hughett, 20, who grew up in Bell County is friends with Robin Smith.

Hughett says he can't believe three people were shot in his small community.

"It's not even a quarter mile up the road," he said of the murder scene. "I knew the younger daughter, didn't go to school with her but have hung out with her several times. To know the things she's gone through, and she's my age, I just can't believe it."

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