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INCIDENT / ARREST REPORT

Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department
711 Jackson Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655

_X_ INCIDENT
___ Juvenile
___ Senior Citizen
___ Gang

___ ARREST
___ Child Abuse
___ Domestic
___ Involved Alcohol

CASE NUMBER:
001529-11E-2012

Date Reported:
5/11/2012

Time Reported:
9:58 PM

OFFENSE:
TBD

STATUTE:
TBD

___ Committed
___ Attempted

OFFENSE:
 

STATUTE:
 

___ Committed
___ Attempted

OFFENSE:
 

STATUTE:
 

___ Committed
___ Attempted

Location of Offense (Exact address, include Room/Apt. No.)
142 Colonial Road, Oxford, Mississippi

Date of Offense:
TBD

Time of Offense:
TBD

Location of Arrest (Exact address, include Room/Apt. No.)
N/A

Date of Arrest:
N/A

Time of Arrest:
N/A

Reporting Officer:
Det. Sam Murphy

Unit Number:
633

Assisting Officer:
Det. Ted Armstrong

Unit Number:
615

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PERSON 1

Type:
Victim

Category:
Adult

Foul Play Suspected
Undetermined

Name:
Veronica Smith

Alias/Street Name/Nickname
None

Vic/Offender Relationship
Unknown

Race
Caucasian

Height
5' 6"

Weight
210 lbs.

Hair
Dark blonde

Eyes
Hazel

Sex
F

Shoes
N/A

Jacket/Coat
N/A

Shirt
Blue denim

Pants
Blue denim

Skirt/Dress
N/A

Age
38

DOB
September 10, 1973

Social Security #
XXX-XX-XXXX

Scars/Marks/Tattoos
None visible

Injury Extent
Fatal

Injury Description
None visible

Address
142 Colonial Road, Oxford, Mississippi

Res Phone 662-432-XXXX
Bus Phone 662-236-XXXX

Occupation
Physician

Employer/School
Yoknapatawpha Gastroenterology Center

Employer Address
1204 Medical Park Drive, Oxford Mississippi

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PERSON 2

Type:
Witness

Category:
Adult

Foul Play Suspected
N/A

Name:
George O'Connor

Alias/Street Name/Nickname
None

Vic/Offender Relationship
Unknown

Race
Caucasian

Height
5' 6"

Weight
190 lbs.

Hair
Brown

Eyes
Hazel

Sex
M

Shoes
Black

Jacket/Coat
Black

Shirt
Light blue

Pants
Black

Skirt/Dress
N/A

Age
39

DOB
September 23, 1972

Social Security #
XXX-XX-XXXX

Scars/Marks/Tattoos
None visible

Injury Extent
None visible

Injury Description
None visible

Address
142 Colonial Road, Oxford, Mississippi

Res Phone 662-432-XXXX
Bus Phone 662-915-XXXX

Occupation
.NET Developer

Employer/School
University of Mississippi

Employer Address
University Avenue, University, Mississippi

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PERSON 3

Type:
Witness

Category:
Juvenile

Foul Play Suspected
N/A

Name:
Haley Smith

Alias/Street Name/Nickname
None

Vic/Offender Relationship
Unknown

Race
Caucasian

Height
4' 10"

Weight
88 lbs.

Hair
Light Brown

Eyes
Blue

Sex
F

Shoes
Red

Jacket/Coat
N/A

Shirt
N/A

Pants
N/A

Skirt/Dress
Black & white

Age
10

DOB
January 10, 2002

Social Security #
XXX-XX-XXXX

Scars/Marks/Tattoos
None visible

Injury Extent
None visible

Injury Description
None visible

Address
142 Colonial Road, Oxford, Mississippi

Res Phone 662-432-XXXX
Bus Phone 662-234-XXXX

Occupation
Student

Employer/School
Oxford Elementary School

Employer Address
1637 Hwy. 30, Oxford, Mississippi

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ITEMS OF EVIDENCE/PROPERTY RECOVERED

(1)

Type
___ Damaged
___ Lost
___ Recovered
___ Stolen
___ Taken into Evidence

Item Description
 to be appended upon completion

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REPORTING OFFICER'S NARRATIVE (Brief narrative of the facts surrounding the offense and the arrest.)

At 9:58 p.m., Dispatch received a 911 call reporting the discovery of a body at a residence located at 142 Colonial Road. The caller identified himself as George O’Connor, husband of the deceased.

Unit #221 (Officer Maria Richards) was immediately dispatched to the scene. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy were assigned and proceeded directly to the scene. Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson was notified at R/I's request to respond to the scene. Reporting Officer (R/O) Richards arrived at the scene at 10:05 p.m. At R/O's request, Unit #216 (Officer Kennon Winters) was dispatched to the scene to provide backup and assistance and arrived at 10:13 p.m.

Reporting Investigators (R/Is) arrived at the scene at 10:37 p.m. and found R/Os Richards and Winters had secured the area. Environmental conditions at scene upon arrival are as follows: Weather: Clear; Ambient Exterior Temperature: 63º F / 17º C; Relative Exterior Humidity: 83%; Ambient Interior Temperature: 68º F / 20º C; Relative Interior Humidity: 46%.

R/O Richards made the following verbal report, which is stated in summary and not verbatim, upon R/Is’ arrival. R/O Richards stated that upon arrival she was met outside the residence at the incident address by an adult male and a juvenile female, identified as George O’Connor and Haley Smith. R/O Richards said the juvenile female was visibly distraught and unable to communicate, but the adult male identified the deceased as his wife and the juvenile’s mother, Veronica Smith. The adult male admitted R/O Richards to the residence and directed R/O to the location of the body on the second floor of the residence. After confirming the presence of the body, R/O Richards secured the scene, called for backup, and detained the witnesses on the first floor of the residence. R/O Richards reported that, to the best of her knowledge, the following persons have had occasion to enter the crime scene area and must be excluded by CSU personnel: R/O Winters, George O’Connor, Haley Smith, and herself.

After receiving the report from R/O Richards, R/I Armstrong contacted Dispatch regarding the status of the Coroner's Inspector and the Crime Scene Unit. Dispatch indicated the Inspector's ETA was approximately 20 minutes and CSU's ETA was approximately 25 minutes.

R/Is conducted a preliminary inspection of the exterior of the residence and found no signs of forced entry on the front or rear doors or on any of the windows. R/Is then entered the residence through the front door and were met by R/O Winters. R/O Winters reported that the deceased’s husband and daughter were in the family room at the rear of the first floor and directed R/Is to the location of the body in the master bedroom on the second floor in the front of the residence. R/Is instructed R/O Winters to keep the husband and daughter on the first floor. R/Is then proceeded to the second floor.

Upon entering the master suite, R/Is observed two walk-in closets directly ahead with the master bathroom to the rear of the residence and the master bedroom down a short hallway to the front of the residence.

R/Is then proceeded to the location of the body in the master bedroom. R/Is observed a lifeless human body, apparently a female in her mid-30s, on the left (south) side of a bed located against the west wall of the master bedroom. R/Is observed that the body was lying on top of the bedclothes with the head and torso slightly elevated, resting on one bed pillow and three decorative pillows. The head was covered by what appeared to be a white plastic bag. The body lay in a supine position with the arms unbent alongside the torso and the legs extended and unbent. Visual inspection indicated the deceased was wearing blue jeans and a short-sleeved denim shirt and no shoes or hosiery. Further visual inspection revealed no apparent signs of trauma or injury to the deceased.

In the area immediately surrounding the body, R/Is observed that the bedclothes were undisturbed. Two decorative pillows, one bed pillow and a television remote control were adjacent to the body on the bed. On a nightstand located on the left side of the bed, R/Is observed a lighted table lamp, a beverage coaster, and a drinking glass containing approximately 1/4-inch of brown liquid, which was placed on top of a folded piece of white paper. A cut glass decanter approximately 1/3 full of brown liquid was on a side table on the east wall of the master bedroom. R/Is noted that there were no signs of a struggle or other disturbance in the master bedroom. The television was on. The overhead light and the other lamps were off.

Coroner's Inspector Johnson arrived at the scene at approximately 11:00 p.m. and joined R/Is at the body's location. Inspector Johnson pronounced the victim deceased at 11:06 p.m. by visual observation that the victim was not breathing and by tactile observation that the victim did not have a palpable carotid pulse. Inspector Johnson noted that the body was warm to the touch and no rigor mortis was observed. While she withheld an official estimate pending an autopsy, Inspector Johnson speculated the victim had been dead no more than 3 hours.

Inspector Johnson said that while the plastic bag could be suggestive of asphyxiation, visual examination revealed no apparent cause of death and an autopsy would be required to make a determination. After Inspector Johnson completed her initial inspection of the body, she stayed with the CSU team to ensure integrity of the body, while the team took photographs of the scene and performed preliminary analyses, until the body could be removed from the scene without destroying other evidence.

Following preliminary inspection of the scene, R/Is interviewed witness George O’Connor at the scene. Interview of the juvenile was deferred to a later date due to the juvenile’s emotional state and the late hour.

R/Is left the scene at 2:30 a.m. Before leaving, R/I Murphy instructed CSU to seal the scene upon completion or end of shift suspension of processing. CSU to notify R/Is of progress by the end of this date. As of this filing, CSU is still actively processing at the scene.

Body of the deceased remanded into the custody of Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson. Deceased was removed from scene at 1:33 a.m. and transported to the coroner's office for autopsy. A preliminary autopsy report is expected within 14 days of this report.

Evidence remanded into the custody of Forensics Officer T. R. Douglas for transport to the state crime lab for routine analysis. CSU is expected to submit an inventory of items taken into evidence within 14 days of this report, with detailed report(s) of their findings to follow at a later date.

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DEFENDANT'S VERSION/REMARKS (What did the defendant say about the offense or his/her whereabouts at the time of offense?)

N/A

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REPORTING OFFICER

Sam Murphy

DATE REPORTED

5-12-2012

REPORTING OFFICER

//Sam Murphy
Signature

633
Unit Number

5-12-2012
Date

ASSISTING OFFICER

//Ted Armstrong
Signature

615
Unit Number

5-12-2012
Date

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Comments (14)

  1. mrokl

some interesting leads/thoughts;

1) clearly no struggle / forced entry discovered yet; perhaps the victim knew the killer

2) if she was suffocated by the plastic bag held onto her by someone else, you would expect more damage to the immediate...

some interesting leads/thoughts;

1) clearly no struggle / forced entry discovered yet; perhaps the victim knew the killer

2) if she was suffocated by the plastic bag held onto her by someone else, you would expect more damage to the immediate surroundings

3) COD unclear yet; might provide further leads

4) examination of the 'brown liquid' in the drinking glass and the decanter needed to establish what that is, whether it was lethal, whether it was non-lethal but could lead to a drowsy state or induce deep sleep, whether it was in the victim's body and how did it come to be in the victim's body. possible link between drink contents and vic's lifestyle

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  1. mrokl    mrokl

4) examination of the 'brown liquid' in the drinking glass and the decanter needed to establish what that is, whether it was lethal, whether it was non-lethal but could lead to a drowsy state or induce deep sleep, whether it was in the victim's...

4) examination of the 'brown liquid' in the drinking glass and the decanter needed to establish what that is, whether it was lethal, whether it was non-lethal but could lead to a drowsy state or induce deep sleep, whether it was in the victim's body and how did it come to be in the victim's body. possible link between drink contents and vic's lifestyle

5) interesting to see that the note is typewritten, not handwritten. not many suicidal people i know of type their suicide note, print it out, have a lethal drink, fold the letter nicely, use it as a coaster for their lethal drink then go to sleep peacefully.

6) the contents of the note; the supposed accident to Danielle Lemmons would have to be checked out. recent behavior of vic- from friends and family- might suggest her state of mind recently vis-à-vis the death of Lemmons. 2nd last sentence stands out to me as the vic not having typed the note.

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  1. mrokl    mrokl

7) from which printer the note was printed would be telling (home, office, elsewhere); accompanying computers would have to be checked out as well. If she was really typing her negative thoughts, one would expect more of such entries in the PC...

7) from which printer the note was printed would be telling (home, office, elsewhere); accompanying computers would have to be checked out as well. If she was really typing her negative thoughts, one would expect more of such entries in the PC and probably someone she was pouring out to.

8) not many people her size run triathlons, not many suicidal people run triathlons; but I might be wrong.

9) all has to be interviewed w/regards to vic’s personal life, professional life and relationship with others in her inner and professional circle. I think it’s interesting that the vic fell in love with Michael, but married George instead. At this point I think we can’t rule out the stress from the malpractice suit on not just her personal life, but her business and business partners as well.

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  1. Kbo1992    mrokl

Suicidal individuals can often carry off an air of normality. The rest of what you typed i agree with entirely

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  1. jinpark

From the report, it definitely doesn't seem like a suicide and assuming it isn't, this is interesting.

No disturbances around the surroundings of the body and no signs of struggle. The victim either was helpless/unconscious or was taken by...

From the report, it definitely doesn't seem like a suicide and assuming it isn't, this is interesting.

No disturbances around the surroundings of the body and no signs of struggle. The victim either was helpless/unconscious or was taken by surprise.

No sign of forced entry suggests the victim knew the killer.

The letter was typed which is odd and if asphyxiation was the COD you would see pigmentation on the skin from deprivation of oxygen. The arms were unbent and to the side of the body parallel. This can't be the death position if she asphyxiated herself because she would have had to hold the bag tight and when she died, her arms wouldn't just naturally fall unbent to the side.

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  1. jinpark    jinpark

The unknown liquids in both cups should be examined.

Second drink on the table across from the body suggests there was another person she was drinking with. The second cup should be dusted for fingerprint and checked for DNA.

I'm really excited...

The unknown liquids in both cups should be examined.

Second drink on the table across from the body suggests there was another person she was drinking with. The second cup should be dusted for fingerprint and checked for DNA.

I'm really excited to see more evidence to come up!

I really want to know who Danielle Lemmons is.

From what i can gather right now, my suspect is George because I'm sure him and his daughter would have noticed a stranger having drinks in the master bedroom. No forced entry. George is looking bad in my opinion

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  1. Azna    jinpark

There's only one drinking glass in the room though. A decanter is merely a decorative "bottle" to store alcohol in - in this case, maybe whiskey or some other brown type of alcohol.

There's only one drinking glass in the room though. A decanter is merely a decorative "bottle" to store alcohol in - in this case, maybe whiskey or some other brown type of alcohol.

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  1. zero-kun

it wierd couse if u cover your head with plastic u will struggle to breathe..but it in this woman situation is she not strugle..pillow stay not touch..n yes MROKL i agreed..but the brown liquid it must be that water make her asleep or something...

it wierd couse if u cover your head with plastic u will struggle to breathe..but it in this woman situation is she not strugle..pillow stay not touch..n yes MROKL i agreed..but the brown liquid it must be that water make her asleep or something like poision or chemical..in his pic some tell me that her face n mouth is open like she try to breathe..probely that liquid make her numb for moment and someone was cover that plastic in her head n make his die slowly..this case will be interesting after this..i very curious to wait what next..^^b

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  1. Kbo1992

The contents of the glass were not clarified so it is entirely plausible that she ingested some form of substance to render herself unconscious .What i would need to confirm this would be autopsy results and a toxicological examination of the...

The contents of the glass were not clarified so it is entirely plausible that she ingested some form of substance to render herself unconscious .What i would need to confirm this would be autopsy results and a toxicological examination of the substance in the glass to test for opiates.During asphyxiation by another person , the victim would most certainly try to put up some type of fight or struggle. No wounds or bruises were visible on the victims body which suggests either she was very calm and expected it or that she did it herself. Her mouth being open could be that the drug did not render her fully unconscious as planned. The light being on in the room suggested that she first entered the room between the hours of 7pm and 8pm . The TV being on suggests that she wished to watch something before passing on. Hand positioning suggests that she was fairly relaxed when she passed.Sounds like it is possibly a suicide.

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  1. Azna

I think this is a case of staged suicide..
Consider the note - the content of it, to me, sounds like a confession someone else wants to hear from her... Her husband knows whats going on in their lives, why write a note to him, naming both the...

I think this is a case of staged suicide..
Consider the note - the content of it, to me, sounds like a confession someone else wants to hear from her... Her husband knows whats going on in their lives, why write a note to him, naming both the incident and the full name of the patient? Just doesn't seem right.
Plus we can't even be sure it's HER writing, since it type-written, which also smells like a fake...

Her pose on the bed is also bothering me. Even if drugged and relaxed, her face seemed to be the only part of her body unaffected? That's just not logical.

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  1. Azna

The TV aswell.. if you're going to commit suicide - your whole mind would be in a depth one can't even imagine. If she were to kill herself and wrote a note, is the next logical step seriously to turn on the tv? What's the purpose of that? Is it...

The TV aswell.. if you're going to commit suicide - your whole mind would be in a depth one can't even imagine. If she were to kill herself and wrote a note, is the next logical step seriously to turn on the tv? What's the purpose of that? Is it too quiet in the house? If the act she is about to do, disdurbs her so much she can't stand the quietness of the room she'll die in, then would she even be determined enough to follow through?

Yes suicidal people might at times SEEM like nothing is going on, but they were trying for a baby and had just paid for a holiday together... if she was depressed to the point of hopelessness, she wouldn't even be able to go to work in the mornings.

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  1. TDA

I think suicide is out of the question (at the moment). If this is the case this murder was planned and the murderer came well prepared to make this look like a suicide. S/he wouldnt risk typing and printing the suicide note on the family...

I think suicide is out of the question (at the moment). If this is the case this murder was planned and the murderer came well prepared to make this look like a suicide. S/he wouldnt risk typing and printing the suicide note on the family pc/printer. S/He would have to drug/poison Veronica. This would have happened on the 2nd floor, seing as V. is a big woman. If George and Haley have got a solid alibi it had to be someone who knew where Veronica would be alone long enough to pull this thing off. And it has to be someone who she trusted and let in, or had an appointment with (unlikely) or someone with access (keys) to the home.

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  1. freddiejoecjr@yahoo.com

why would she take off her shoes and socks before committing suicide? She hadn't been home long, right?

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  1. TDA    freddiejoecjr@yahoo.com

She left the bar shortly after 9pm and was found dead around 09:58pm by husband and daughter. I think if she had really wanted to kill herself with the proper exit method, she would have worn something a lot more comfortable, let alone take her...

She left the bar shortly after 9pm and was found dead around 09:58pm by husband and daughter. I think if she had really wanted to kill herself with the proper exit method, she would have worn something a lot more comfortable, let alone take her shoes off.

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