Woman's brother charged with killing her ex-lover
A man was shot to death two days after he killed his former girlfriend's puppy, and police said the woman's brother confessed.
BY DAVID OVALLE
Tavaris King could not let go of his ex-lover.
He called Nicole Smith from blocked phone numbers. He pointed his .45-caliber handgun at her and her little brother. And he strangled her golden retriever puppy to death.
By chance, one day after Smith filed for a restraining order against King, her 19-year-old brother encountered him while riding Metrobus 77.
By night's end, Jeorge Smith was jailed on a charge of murder -- after police say he shot King twice in the back of the head at a North Miami-Dade County bus stop.
He confessed to Miami-Dade homicide detectives, police said.
The Smith family declined to talk about the case Thursday. ''We love him and support him,'' Jeorge Smith's mother said through a screen door.
Newly released court documents offer this account:
Nicole Smith and King had been together since last year. They lived in a tiny one-bedroom bungalow in the 800 block of Northwest 81st Street.
King, 23, went by other names -- Tavaris Jones and Eric Osborne -- according to state records.
He had four arrests for domestic battery. In 2003, when he was 18, King was arrested in Miami for punching his uncle as the two argued about cigarettes and coming home late. He was given probation.
In 2006, King was charged with marijuana and cocaine possession.
He entered a program for first-time offenders. No conviction was logged on his record.
King and Nicole Smith's relationship ended last month.
King ''continues to harass [Smith] by showing up at [her] residence and by placing restricted phone calls,'' a domestic-violence injunction reads.
Last month, King showed up demanding money from his former lover. He pulled out his gun, pointed it at her and threatened to shoot.
When Jeorge Smith tried to intervene, King turned the gun on him. He didn't shoot but ran away, according to court records.
On Sunday, Nicole Smith heard her puppy bark. She went outside.
King was there. He pulled his gun, pointed it at Nicole Smith and pushed her to the ground, she said.
King ''grabbed the puppy by the neck and strangled the puppy,'' court records show. ``[King] fled, leaving the puppy to die in the yard.''
He also beat the puppy with a large rock.
Nicole Smith called police to file a report.
On Monday, Smith walked into the North Dade Justice Center, a satellite court branch.
She filed for a temporary restraining order: ``The petitioner states that she is fearful for her safety.''
The following day, Jeorge Smith -- a Miami Dade College student -- planned to go to a local Denny's to pick up a job application. But lacking enough money to take a second bus there, he got off at a stop.
King was there.
The two men boarded Metrobus 77 headed south. What happened on the bus is unclear, but they argued about the breakup with Nicole.
They stepped off the bus at Northwest Seventh Avenue and 85th Street. That's when, police say, Jeorge Smith pulled out a .40-caliber Glock and pumped two rounds into the back of King's head.
King tumbled to the pavement. Jeorge Smith squeezed off several more rounds into his body, police said.
Miami-Dade officers immediately scoured the surrounding streets. Police dogs searched. So did a police helicopter.
Jeorge Smith could not escape.
He was taken to Miami-Dade's homicide bureau, where he confessed to Miami-Dade Detective Richard Raphael, according to a police report.
King was not carrying his .45-caliber handgun. Smith's Glock was found ditched in a nearby field.