Father of Infant Shot & Killed Testifies

By: Lori Dougovito Email
By: Lori Dougovito Email

The man holding his one year old son when they were gunned down outside their home describes that February night in court.

Terrance Smith was seriously injured in the early morning hours of February 18. He was carrying his son to safety, he says, but the boy was shot. The bullet went right through his little body, hitting his dad in the abdomen.

Smith, still recovering from injuries, testified at Dontrell Crosby's preliminary hearing Thursday. Crosby, 19, is charged in the murder of Ta-Rance Smith, the attempted murder of his father Terrance Smith, and using a firearm to commit those crimes.

"As I stepped out the door, there was gunfire," Smith recalled calmly Thursday morning. He says he's 100 percent sure it was Crosby behind the gun. He saw his face illuminated by a street light and flashes of gunfire. Crosby was driving by in a car with three other people. Smith says he was in the backseat behind the driver.

This all started, Smith says, with an argument his nephew and his nephew’s girlfriend had. She is Crosby's twin sister. Crosby was leaving Smith's nephew threatening voicemails. "He told my nephew he was gonna catch him unaware and put two bullets in him," Smith said.

The nephew was scared, even got a gun to keep at his apartment and he was spending more time with his uncles, Terrance and Dorkterial Smith who also testified Thursday.

Just hours before the shooting, the uncles ran into Crosby and his friends at a club. "They were making hand gestures," said Dorkterial, "like they were shooting a gun."

The uncles left and received a phone call from their nephew on their way to Terrance's home on Wise Road. He said Crosby and his friends were heading to Terrance's house.

About one hour later, around 2:30 a.m., Terrance and his family were leaving to go somewhere safe, they couldn't find Ta-Rance's jacket so Terrance put on his nephew's and slipped the infant inside the coat with him. Moments later, Ta-Rance was shot and killed.

Crosby's family says the Smith's are lying. Crosby's lawyer had no comment.

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