Suspect charged in slayings of 4 as they slept in Detroit home

October 20, 2007 16:38

Authorities charged a man with killing a "very close associate" and a woman and her two children in their sleep in a Detroit home that neighbors called a hub of drug activity. Patrick Smith, 31, was arraigned Friday night on four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of felony murder in the deaths of Jason Davis, 34; Lynnette Lawson, 28; and Lawson's children, Alexus Eppinger, 9; and Terrence Eppinger Jr., 5. A judge entered not guilty pleas on behalf of Smith, who court officials said did not yet have an attorney. He was ordered held without bail. Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings said Smith "was a very close associate" of Davis.

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