Teen, 17, arrested for woman's death in Austell shootout - KMSP-TV

Teen, 17, arrested for woman's death in Austell shootout

Posted: Updated:
AUSTELL, GA. -

A 17-year-old is under arrest for allegedly fatally shooting a concerned neighbor who was cut down in the crossfire of a local dispute Monday night.

Cobb County police charged Khalil Kelly, of Austell, with murder and aggravated assault in connection with the shooting death of 47-year-old Deirdre Smith.  Police say he's being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

Cobb Co. Police Officer Mike Bowman did not go into any further details regarding Kelly's arrest.

The deadly gunfire in question broke out in a cul-de-sac on Oakhill Circle in Austell late Monday. It left Smith dead at the scene, as well as several children hurt and hospitalized for minor injuries.

Cobb police say an ongoing feud between two women somehow escalated into two men exchanging gunfire. Police say Smith, the mother of two children and grandmother to three, intervened to try to end the violence. Instead, she ended up being shot and dying.

Friends and family remembered Smith as a caring person and a good neighbor.

Smith's daughter, Sakima Jules, said that she's wasn't surprised to hear her mother tried to help stop the dispute.

"She would try to diffuse the situation and she loved and prayed for people and it didn't shock me that she would have been out here trying to break it up, but she that had to be taken in the process is really hard," said Jules.

A makeshift memorial was created in Smith's honor near her home.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Authorities investigate threat at Paulding Co. High

    Authorities investigate threat at Paulding Co. High

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:32 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:32:55 GMT
    Paulding County authorities are investigating a threat that came into Paulding County High School on Thursday morning.
    Paulding County authorities are investigating a threat that came into Paulding County High School on Thursday morning.
  • DOJ announces clemency overhaul

    DOJ announces clemency overhaul

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:26 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:26:14 GMT
    The Justice Department moved Wednesday to significantly expand the number of people eligible for clemency.
    The Justice Department moved Wednesday to significantly expand the number of people eligible for clemency.
  • One shot, 1 injured in West Midtown robbery

    One shot, 1 injured in West Midtown robbery

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:53:24 GMT
    Authorities are on the scene of a shooting in the Berkley Heights neighborhood in NW Atlanta.
    Authorities are on the scene of a shooting in the Berkley Heights neighborhood in NW Atlanta.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices