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Dothan Domestic Murder

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

Dothan police believe they've solved a murder that happened last night.

Officials say the victim was killed, over a domestic dispute. All that's left from the murder scene is the yellow police tape, and a dried blood stain.

According to witnesses, James Smith was helping out a female friend, when Eddie Carroll followed her to Smith's house on Beulah Street. Words were exchanged, when Carroll allegedly pulled out a knife and began repeatedly stabbing Smith. Smith fell on this concrete wall, and died a short time later at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

According to police, Carroll fled the scene in a stolen truck. He was later found at a family member’s home on Walnut Street. Carroll admits to investigators that he committed the murder. Currently, no bond has been set.

Smith is described as a good person, who was nice, understanding, and a great listener, an evangelical preacher, who often spent his time in country churches on Sunday mornings.

If the name of the victim sounds familiar to you, he was an all-star basketball player at Dothan High School in the mid-70s.

Also, the Northview High School's convocation center was re-named in his late father's honor, Dr. James A. Smith, Sr. who was a former principal at Northview. Dr. Smith was killed in a car accident a few years ago.


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