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Fugitive arrested in Club Empire double homicide

Fugitive arrested in Club Empire double homicide

DAVID MORRIS

HHES

Charged with murder Olishea Lashwan Smith, of Waco, self-surrendered Tuesday days after shooting and killing Dexter Lamont Prather, 42 of Waco, and Damion Duane Hopkins, 27 of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is being held in the Bell County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond set by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.

Olishea Smith

     Olishea Smith

At approximately 5:24 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, officers of the Harker Heights Police Department responded to Club Empire in the 300 Block of West Veteran’s Memorial Blvd in reference to a shooting.

“Approximately five rounds were fired striking both individuals, causing their deaths,” Police Chief Michael Gentry said. “We will continue to investigate this case and add potential charges upon detailed review by the Bell County District Attorney.”

On Sunday, an arrest warrant for murder was issued for Smith.  The HHPD with the assistance of Bell County Organized Crime Unit and the U.S. Marshals Service conducted a fugitive investigation to locate Smith, who at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday surrendered into custody of the Harker Heights Police Department and was arraigned then transported to Bell County Jail.

“The nature of the relationships were not 100 percent certain of,” said Gentry.  “We do know that they [Smith and Prather] arrived at the club together. We suspect that this began as a result of a threat between the two deceased, probably over the dice game that was being played in the establishment. At some point Smith produced a weapon and fired at a person she perceived as being in the affray with Prather. She is the sole shooter in the incident.”

Club Empire is a Bring Your Own Bottle establishment and not under the regulations of a TABC licensed establishment. Since the club opened in July of 2016, the Harker Heights Police Department has responded to a number of calls.  A handful of the 25 calls were alarm calls or vehicle accidents in the parking lot.  Six of the calls were for disturbance with no criminal charges being filed.  Four violations were for consumption of alcohol after 2:15 a.m. which is a violation of state law.

“Club Empire has management linkage to a BYOB club in Temple where Marlin Chief of Police Darrell Allen was killed in November of 2015,” said Gentry. “Their business practices will be highly scrutinized by us as they have already been. This brings a game changer to any business when you have an event like this.”

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