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  • Leslie Jill Patterson

#sayhername: yvette smith

On February 16, 2014, police officers were called to a home in Bastrop County, Texas, to investigate a domestic disturbance complaint between two men living in the household. When officers arrived, Yvette Smith complied with their request to open the front door and was almost immediately shot in the head and stomach. The officers first claimed that Smith had a gun, but they recanted that statement later the next day. Deputy Daniel Willis, who fatally shot Smith, was indicted for murder.

However, in September 2016, Willis's first trial by jury ended in a deadlock. Just this month, on April 7, 2016, the judge presiding over Willis's retrial, this time without a jury, acquitted him.

For more information, visit The Austin Stateman.

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