Springfield Resident Darrell Smith Tells Police He Accidentally Shot His Girlfriend In the Head

Categories: Crime

When he was briefly detained, Smith allegedly made the "spontaneous" statement, "I told her not to put her finger on the trigger and boom!"

The probable cause statement goes into great detail of Smith's account of the shooting -- and how it doesn't align with the autopsy. For example:

Smith's description of where Walker was seated and positioned did not appear to be consistent with information received from the emergency room doctor who examined and treated Walker upon her arrival at the hospital. Medical personnel advised the wound path found during an examination of Walker indicated the projectile entered the left side of her forehead and traveled in a downward angle toward the area near the right ear and did not exit. Medical personnel's description of the wound path or projectile path did not appear to indicate it was possible Walker could have suffered the wound path or projectile path if Smith and Walker were positioned in the manner Smith described when the firearm discharged.

Smith remains in a Missouri Department of Corrections prison with bail set at $500,000.

Here's the probable cause statement.

Darrell Smith

Here are the formal charges.

Darrell Smith

And the bond information.

Bond Recommendation

Here's the initial police alert from December.

On December 30, around 5:30 p.m., the Springfield Police Department responded to 1032 E. Cherokee in reference to a 23-year-old female with a gunshot wound to the head. The female was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead at 11:17 a.m. today. The female has been identified as Kimberly E. Walker of Springfield. Walker's live-in boyfriend, Darrell L. Smith (26 years of age) has been arrested on Probable Cause in reference to the shooting and is currently in custody at the Greene County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available. An autopsy will be conducted later in the week. Walker's next of kin have been notified.

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