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Three Arrested for Murder of 19 Year Old

Wednesday, 25 October 2017
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An eighty dollar marijuana deal led to the shooting death of a 19 year old Powell teenager on October 10th.  According to Major Mike MacLean of the Major Crimes Unit of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, two men and a 16 year old male juvenile are charged in the death of Cameron Smith.  Charged with first degree murder and attempted second degree murder are 21 year old Jorge Ortiz Gonzalez and 18 year old Cameron Brewer.  Both are under a one million dollar bond.  The 16 year old is being held in the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Facility and is charged with felony murder, attempted murder, and possession of a gun.

According to MacLean, on October 6, Lucas Halliburton bought eighty dollars of marijuana with phony money from Ortiz.  Ortiz attempted to lure Halliburton and Smith to Ammons Street on October 10 in an attempt to recoup his money.  When the two drove up, they saw several people around a black Mustang and decided to drive away.  The Mustang followed and began shooting at the Chrysler Sebring that Smith was driving.  The car came to a stop in the 2500 block of East Emory.  Smith was pronounced dead at the scene and Halliburton was treated for gunshot wounds.  MacLean said Smith was not involved in the drug deal.  He declined comment on if any charges will be filed against Halliburton.

Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones thanked the media and the community for responding with multiple tips that led to the three arrests yesterday.



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