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APD Investigating Homicide

Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 04:34 PM EST
A man from Asheville is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of a man from Clyde.

43-year-old Gary Jenkins faces a charge of first-degree murder for the beating death of Clyde resident, Richard Smith.

Jenkins is currently being held in the Buncombe County Detention Center. The court denied him bond.

Just after 9PM Tuesday night, police got the call to the Pisgah View Apartments. In unit 25-B they found 59-year-old Smith. Emergency crews took him to Mission Hospital, where he later died. The police report lists the weapon as a blunt object.

A neighbor says Jenkins used a walking stick and that Smith and Jenkins knew each other and often spent time partying at the apartments. A friend also says she knew something terrible had happened as soon as she saw Gary Jenkins.

"He came next door to where I was hanging out and he had the stick in his hand. He was like, I need help. I think i just killed somebody," said Shyanna Martin.

Police say they have to wait for autopsy results to confirm a cause of death.

We'll have much more on this story tonight on News 13.APD Investigating Homicide


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