DETROIT — U.S. Marshals using information from Detroit police have arrested a man in California wanted in a double slaying reported by the 8-year-old daughter of one of the victims.
Detroit police spokesman John Roach said Derrick Dennard Smith, 42, was arrested about 1:30 p.m. EST Friday near Los Angeles. Police said Smith has family in California.
According to Detroit police investigators, Smith allegedly shot and killed Purcell Carson and Monica Botello as Botello’s 8-year-old daughter hid in horror. The girls are staying with grandparents.
After Smith and an unknown accomplice left the home, Botello’s daughter called 911 from her mother’s cell phone, police said.
Police recently released the 911 call from the night of the shooting, they also say the girl was upstairs with her 6-year-old half sister, and called 911 after hearing gunshots.
Neither of the children were harmed in the shooting, nor did they see it happen, police said. A family member of Carson said the house in the 19000 block of Glastonbury belonged to his mother.
Family members of Botella said she did not live in the house on Glastonbury, but had her own place in Taylor.
According to state records, Carson and Smith both have an extensive criminal history and may have been acquainted.
Smith was discharged from prison on Jan. 17. He was convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping, felony firearms, assault with a dangerous weapon and other serious offenses. Smith was discharged from prison on Jan. 17.
He was convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping, felony firearms, assault with a dangerous weapon and other serious offenses.
He has been convicted of weapons and drug convictions.
No motive has been released.