A Caruthersville man will be back in court this summer after an apparent homicide! Police were called to a house in the 13-hundred block of Zaida Street April 13th, 2011, for a man beating on the door of homes looking for help. When officers arrived they found 29-year-old Stephen Smith of Caruthersville, lying on a front porch covered in blood. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 51-year-old Charles Cecil was charged with 1st-degree murder. Police found evidence of a fight inside, which led to a gunshot fired at the victim. Smith died of a single bullet wound to the chest. Cecil pleaded not guilty in and will be back in court July 17th before Judge Fred Copeland.
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