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"I've been here 50 years," says neighbor Dorothy Martin.
Martin is one of them, but she says the tragedy everyone is talking about now involved the newest resident on the block, her neighbor Livia Smith.
"They hadn't been over there long," says Martin.
"It's kind of alarming," says Martin. "I thought how was she killed?"
It's a question police are struggling with too. What they do know is this 32 year old went out Tuesday night to East Nashville's 5 Points and then took a short cab ride home, but she never made it there.
"Detectives are still efforting to determine exactly a timeline, what could've occurred around 1 to just after 5am when she was discovered," says Metro Police's Kristin Mumford.
Police say the initial evidence is Smith was hit by a vehicle sometime in the early morning hours. Barclay Drive resident Bobbie Bailor says speeding is a big problem there.
"They go fast down back and forth and they always have," says Bailor.
If that's the case, it would've happened a block away from Smith's house. As of now, police can't explain why this young woman would've been so far wearing heels, or if perhaps someone purposely killed her.
"That has not been ruled out," says Mumford. "There's no evidence to suggest she was the victim of a gunshot and/or a stabbing. There is evidence perhaps she was the victim of a hit and run crash."
A little over an hour ago, we talked to Smith's brother by phone in Massachusetts. He says his sister was a talented makeup artist who was loving life fixing up her new home. You'll here from him TONIGHT on FOX17 NEWS. This story continues to develop. We'll bring you any update overnight on TENNESSEE MORNINGS. You can also get the latest 24/7 at Fox17.com or Facebook.com/FoxNashville.
Thursday, February 21 2013, 07:23 AM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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