Man who thought his wife was having an affair ‘killed her, two of their daughters and her alleged secret lover’, say police as he is charged with FOUR counts of murder
Austin Smith was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of four of murder he committed at two locations in Phoenix, Arizona hours earlier
Police said 30-year-old Smith admitted that he killed his wife, two of his three children, at their home
Cops found his wife, Dasia Patterson, 29, and their 5-year-old daughter, Nasha Smith, dead from gunshot wounds, while Mayan Smith, 7, died from apparent blunt-force trauma after he smashed her head with a baseball bat
Smith who killed his ‘other two daughters [because they], reminded him of his wife whom he considered wicked in the eyes of God,’ spared the couple’s 3-year-old daughter who was found uninjured under a bed
He drove to 46-year-old Ron Freeman’s home where he shot and killed Freeman, another man and a woman at the residence were also shot and injured
Smith who killed his friend Freeman because he ‘thought he was having an affair with his wife’, was caught fleeing the crime scene at Freeman’s home
The suspect told cops ‘in God’s eyes’ it seemed right to carry out the murders
Austin Smith made his first court appearance Friday evening, bond was set at $2 million cash
Quadruple-murder suspect Austin Smith, 30, was arrested and charged on suspicion of four counts of first-degree murder, after police say he killed his wife, a family friend he thought she was having an affair with and two of his three children
Two bullet holes mark an entrance to the home. Police believe Smith brutally murdered his family first, before driving to the home of Freeman and carrying out another cold-blooded killing
Police believe Smith brutally murdered his family first, before driving to the home of Freeman and carrying out another cold-blooded killing.
The suspect told detectives during an interview that he believed ‘in God’s eyes it was all right for him to deal with someone in this manner who had been involved in adultery or an extramarital affair,’ Thompson said.
Smith also reportedly told police he killed his seven-year-old daughter because she was crying and she shouldn’t be ‘weeping for the wicked’.
He said his ‘other two daughters reminded him of his wife whom he considered wicked in the eyes of God.’
The court document released later in the evening described Smith punching the eldest daughter, throwing her to the ceiling and onto the floor, then striking the child’s head several times with a baseball bat.
‘Muslims don’t move like that either, so that’s an excuse,” said Patterson’s cousin, who did not want to be identified, to Fox 18. ‘Muslims don’t move like that. They’re kids.’
It’s not yet clear why Smith decided to spare the life of his youngest daughter.
Patterson’s cousin said he doesn’t believe Dasia would cheat: ‘She’s not like that,’ he said. ‘Not like that at all.’
Thompson described the scene at the apartment complex as chaotic, with firefighters treating victims while authorities did not initially know the shooter’s whereabouts.
Officers with a warrant searched the car Smith was driving and found a 9mm handgun, a .45 caliber handgun and a .223 caliber rifle they believe were used in the shootings, according to the probable cause statement.
Neighbors, who wished to remain anonymous, told AZ.com that the family seemed just like any other.
‘Never any domestic violence, no cops coming all the time, nothing like that. It was just like a regular family.’
‘It’s stuck in my head. They didn’t deserve what happened to them.’
Smith’s Bail has been set at $2 million, according to court records. A Maricopa County Superior Court sent Smith’s case to the local public defender’s office. But no specific attorney had been assigned to him by Friday evening.