Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Murder of Denita Smith

Denita Smith (top), Shannon Crawley (bottom left), and Jermeir Stroud (bottom right)

Denita Smith was only 25 years-old when she was savagely murdered by her fiancé’s lover, Shannon Crawley, on January 4th, 2007. Prior to her murder, Denita appeared to be in a great place in life. She was a graduate student at North Carolina Central University in Durham; aspiring to be a photojournalist. Denita was also happily engaged to a man named Jermeir Stroud, who worked as a police officer in Greensboro, North Carolina. Denita was completely unaware that Jermeir was also involved in a sexual relationship with Shannon. Jermeir and Shannon met after Shannon began working as a 911 operator in Greensboro County. Jermeir hid his affair from Denita, however Shannon was aware of Jermeir’s engagement to Denita.

Over time, Shannon grew jealous of Jermeir’s relationship with Denita. That jealousy was deepened when Shannon saw Jermeir and Denita together for the first time, holding hands as they walked into church. It is believed that at that moment, Shannon decided she wanted her romantic rival gone. She decided to put her plan in motion on January 4th, 2007. During that afternoon, Shannon brought a gun and hid outside of Denita’s apartment, waiting for her to leave. When Denita finally emerged, Shannon fired two shots into the back of Denita’s head before fleeing the scene. Denita’s body was later found by a maintenance employee. Police were called, who initially thought that Denita had suffered a fatal fall. However, upon closer inspection, it was clear that Denita had been brutally executed. 

The maintenance man who found Denita’s body told police that he saw a woman crying and running away from the apartment complex shortly after he heard gunfire. That woman was seen driving away in a Ford Explorer. Investigators also learned that Denita’s fiancé Jermeir was having “issues” with a woman named Shannon Crawley. Eventually, investigators learned about Jermeir and Shannon’s affair. After that, police were able to link that Ford Explorer to Shannon. Five days after Denita’s death, on January 9th, 2007, Shannon was arrested and charged with murder. 

Shannon pleaded not guilty and went to trial in 2010, during which the prosecution stated that Denita did not know Jermeir and Shannon were having an affair and she had absolutely no clue that she was in danger the day she was shot. Shannon’s defense tried to pin the murder on Jermeir, but the jury ultimately did not buy their story. Shannon was found guilty of first-degree murder on February 22nd, 2010. The judge immediately sentenced her to life in prison without parole. She remains behind bars today. 

33 comments:

  1. I think Stroud did it that nasty cop.

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    1. You THINK he did it? Evidence is not what you think!!! While he made the mistake of having an affair,thus, putting killer & victim on a collision course...he was thoroughly investigated and evidence did not support the actions and many lies of the killer...not just a jealous woman but a narcissist, thinking she is smarter than everyone, world revolves around her and evidence showed that!! 🙄

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  2. Shannon was nuts. Killed that girl over some dick. And at the same time, removed herself from her children's lives over a man. Shannon is narcissistic and a psychopath. RIP Denita.

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    1. You are so right. This nut is been lying her entire life

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    2. pls keep this lying person in prison. idiot

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    3. he parents trying to spin another story - please she was weak over a man that was someone else's. he used you dummy,,,tell you family stop lying for you, you are where you should be - locked up for life

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  3. Facts.Took Denita's life over some peen. Her fiance is just as low.He's as much responsible as Shannon.Sleep peacefully Denita❤����

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  4. I think she killed her and her father tried to jelp her cover her ass. You spent 4 months in jail b4 you confessed, staged phone calls from a pay phone, staged a rape no evidence how did you know where the knife was if you were raped and traumatized????. You never took your kids to the Dr.

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  5. Just watched this episode on Dateline. I think they should get Shannon to take a lie detector test. She already has life in prison so if she's really innocent she has no reason to say no. I personally think they were both in on it some how. Shannon staged a lot of attempts at framing J but it seems like that was almost a plea for help because she knew he would get away with it. But also I cant get over how composed and "scripted" she seems in interviews.
    I think there is a lot we don't know in this story and both are guilty, CAN WE GET A POLYGRAPH TEST?

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    1. She did that crime. All the evidence were there. She is a sociopath. Her kids dad move as far away he could. She would've had him charged with rape

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    2. Na, 100% all her. She is a clear sociopath

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  6. How do you love someone this much? I loved my husbands down to my soul but I never felt like if it didn't work I'd kill or die for or over them when the world is full of other men. This was senseless.

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  7. Why is the fact that she was 5 months pregnant at the time of her homicide omitted from the story? It is an intricate part of the crime and makes her murder all the more horrific.

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    1. Good point. Also explains why she was engaged to Jermeir.

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    2. WOW, why would they leave that part out I wonder.

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    3. Yeah, I could have sworn Denita was pregnant at the time of her murder.

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    4. Wrong person that was avis banks in Mississippi

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  8. Men are dogs even if they have a good woman. They still like to slop like a pig in a pig pen, even if they are not hungry. The real men would say, " No, and mean it and remain faithful, like it should be. What a waste? Now she still can not have Jemeir in prison. What is she going to do now if he gets another woman. It is out of her control.

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  9. His name is JL Stroud on facebook

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  10. Shannon Crawley was set-up! The police would not left it up to her to self-record the audio-tapes. If law enforcement would have wire-taped the conversations with her ex then there would be no question about who was on the other end of the line. This single fact casts doubt in my mind about her guilt or innocents. I cannot imagine a law enforcement agency doing this shoddy of a job in good faith. Her case needs to be reviewed.

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    1. shut up she was NOT set up - she wanted a man who didn't want her. why didn't she just kill him? he didnt want her just used her for sex/ whoever saying she was set up is just blinded by LIES, please keep this weak minded woman Locked up for her term of LIFE and throw away the key

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    2. I think she was something just don’t sit well with me with him...your pregnant fiancé is laying dead and you barely shed a tear...NEVER even told the police you had an idea of who might would have done this to her or nothing until they asked you bout her...I think he just didn’t want to be tied down to Denita and didn’t need her to find out bout Shannon cause she would leave his ass and he would end up on child support🤔 Say what you want but something is not right with this man period and it’s definitely more to the story

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  11. The bitch was not set up. The bitch is crazy and a murderer. Just look into those crazy ass eyes. There must be her family members on here taking up for her. Smh. Killed a woman I cold blood. FOH!

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  12. The Bible tells us if we mentally kill someone, then we are guilty of murder! I believe everyone is capable of killing a person — everyone has that one reason that justifies it!

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  13. Something just don’t sit well with me he claimed Shannon seen Denita pictures at his house when she helped him moved but how she know where Denita lives...unless she followed him or he told her which he never mentioned her following him every where he went and if she was then he knew the minute he got the call bout Denita who killed her and never even mentioned it to the police who at the time was unaware of his affair...he waited til they asked him about a woman in a red truck before he even mentioned anything..,when he came to the apt he didn’t even really give the emotions you would think being his pregnant fiancé is laying dead 🤔 anybody who loves someone that much would have lost their mind or something he just had this blank stare on his face saying it would be ok😳 when Shannon called him to try and get him to confess he was disrespectful as hell Cause he knew what she was trying to do and he was too smart to fall for it...we are talking about a police officer he not stupid...Shannon loved him and would do anything and he knew that and I just don’t believe she did this by herself that man didn’t want to be tied down to Denita and he didn’t want to stop dealing with Shannon cause she would do whatever he say..I wouldn’t be surprised if he fucked with her about that abortion she had knowing he wanted her to keep the baby by telling her Denita pregnant... I don’t trust his ass it’s definitely more to the story and they should give her a lie detector test to see if she pass and his ass as well..

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  14. I saw this case on Netflix. a series called Murderous affairs.

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