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Life or death? Decision possible this week

A decision as to whether or not the death penalty will be sought for alleged killer Ronald Eugene Smith could come as early as this week. Smith is scheduled to appear before Judge Tommy Wilson Wednesday at 9 a.m. for an announcement in his case. District attorney Richard Milam may announce at that time whether he will seek the death penalty for the alleged Grove Street shooter. Smith is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence and multiple weapons charges in connection with the Jan. 30 shooting of Charles Graves Adams. Adams was shot once in the face with a high-powered rifle and died on the front porch of his duplex. Investigators have said the shooting resulted from a methamphetamine deal gone bad. The murder focused the spotlight on what many perceive to be a serious methamphetamine problem in the community. As a result, a multi-agency methamphetamine summit was held some months after the killing.

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