Man found guilty in 2 deadly shootings, 100 feet apart in Dayton

A jury found a man guilty in two deadly Dayton shootings that happened within 12 hours and about 100 feet apart in 2019.

Christopher L. Smith, 31, was convicted of murder, felonious assault and having weapons under disability charges, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. It is not clear when his sentencing is scheduled to take place.

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On Dec. 5, 2019, Smith reportedly shot and killed Brandon Harris and Clarence Brown, both 34, within 12 hours of each other and at places approximately 100 feet apart.

The first shooting was reported just before 3 a.m. outside Rick’s Jazz Club on Lakeview Avenue. Harris was killed in the shooting that injured another man.

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Almost eight hours later, around 10:10 a.m., Brown was shot outside the Save Food Super Market on Germantown Street. Brown was taken to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries.

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Investigators identified Smith as a suspect through witness interviews, surveillance videos and ballistic information, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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