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A man who objected to the sexual orientation of a guest in his family’s home shot his stepfather to death after an argument over the matter turned physical, prosecutors said during a hearing this week.

Christian A. Smith, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 9 killing of Dennis McKenzie, 43, in Woolwich Township, N.J.

Smith was staying temporarily with his mother and stepfather in their Gloucester County home, where a celebration was taking place on the day of the shooting.

A relative of Smith brought a friend to the house, prompting Smith to object over the friend’s sexual orientation, according to assistant prosecutor Dana Anton.

“He made it known to his stepfather that he did not approve of that person coming into their house … that their house was a house of God,” Anton said.

Smith’s remarks included an anti-gay slur, the prosecutor noted.

McKenzie and Smith argued.

“The stepfather took a swing at Mr. Smith and, I believe, maybe superficially hit him,” Anton said, adding that Smith was not injured. “In response to that, Mr. Smith took out a Glock 19 that was in his waistband and shot him three times.”

McKenzie was struck twice, in the head and body, and died at the scene. Smith’s mother and a teen sibling witnessed the shooting, the prosecutor noted.

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“This argument that proceeded the murder, it started over an act of bias and an act of bias intimidation where he is using a slur about somebody’s sexual orientation,” Anton said.

Smith’s public defender, Katherine Constantine Blinn, challenged probable cause for the murder charge, arguing that her client maintained the shooting was accidental and that forensic evidence was needed to clarify what happened.

“Exactly how this occurred and the specific manner of death needs to be fleshed out a little bit more with the forensics,” she said.

She also characterized the shooting as a spontaneous incident and not something Smith had planned.

Blinn noted that her client remained at the shooting scene and dismantled the gun, placing it on the dining room table.

“What that suggests to me, judge, is that this was accidental and that in order to prevent any further issues Mr. Smith disassembled the gun until police arrived.”

Anton disputed the suggestion that the shooting was an accident.

Smith’s mother tried to intervene in the dispute and told investigators that she stood between the men as the argument turned violent.

“He took the gun out from behind him, reached over her and fired three times,” Anton said. “You can’t accidentally shoot somebody three times.”

Smith declined to speak to police initially and only hours after he was in custody claimed the shooting was accidental, Anton said.

Superior Court Judge Mary Beth Kramer found probable cause for the murder charge and for a second-degree charge of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. She did not find probable cause for a third charge of unlawful possession of a weapon, since authorities have determined Smith legally purchased the gun in Pennsylvania and was permitted to possess it in the home.

Smith is scheduled to return to court Dec. 2 for a pre-indictment hearing.

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Killed A Customer: Handyman Charged With Murder After Woman’s Body Found In Septic Tank!

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A body believed to be that of a missing Florida woman was found in the septic tank of her home, and her handyman was charged with murder. Keoki Hilo Demich, 34, a handyman who worked for Cole, was located by detectives shortly afterward and arrested on a charge of second-degree murder. A motive is not immediately clear in the case.

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Pennsylvania Uber Driver & Mother Of Four Pleaded For Her Life Before Being Shot In The Head … Suspect Arrested!

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An Uber driver and the mother of four children who was murdered in Pennsylvania this month begged for a passenger to spare her life in a robbery attempt which resulted in her death. “I’m begging you, I have four kids,” said 38-year-old Christi Spicuzza, according to dashcam video footage of the gruesome crime. Calvin Crew was arrested on Thursday and arraigned Friday before District Judge Robert P. Dzvonick. Pending a preliminary hearing on Feb. 25, Crew is being held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail.

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Miami Real Estate Agent Turned Serial Killer Targeted Homeless People

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MIAMI – Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and interim Police Chief Manuel Morales announced on Thursday that detectives were interrogating a suspect in two murders and attempted murder.

Suarez and Morales said Willy Maceo is a suspect in two shootings on Tuesday — including a man who remains hospitalized after he was shot in the head at 400 SW 2nd Ave., in Wynwood — and a man who died after he was shot near the intersection of Miami Ave and 21st Street

Maceo, 25, is also a suspect in a fatal stabbing on Oct. 16, 2021. He is a real estate agent. State records show he obtained his real estate license on June 13, 2018, and reported he lives in Miami-Dade County’s Kendale Lakes neighborhood.

Officers arrested him for trespassing about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday at 445 NW 4th St., according to the arrest form. Maceo isn’t facing felony charges yet, but Morales said there is plenty of evidence and it’s only a matter of time before he does.

Morales described Maceo as a “suspected serial killer.” He also said it’s likely Maceo has targeted other homeless people in the city.

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“This tragic news cuts to the heart of our community,” Ronald L. Book, chair of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust said in a statement. “No one should be the victim of gun violence let alone our most vulnerable, those experiencing homelessness. We stand ready to work with City of Miami Police Department in any way necessary to help solve this senseless crime.”

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