A Phoenix man accused of killing his wife and daughters said, "God told him to shoot" | Arizona News



PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – Police said a 30-year-old Phoenix man had admitted to killing his wife, two of his young daughters and another man, all because he believed his wife had an affair. The police also claimed to have injured two others.

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Austin Smith is the subject of four counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted first degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault. A judge on Friday set a $ 2 million bail in cash for him.

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The violence took place at two separate crime scenes.

The first scene took place at Smith's, near 71st Avenue and Camelback Road.

There, police found a woman and two little girls dead inside the house.

Among the victims are Dasia Patterson, his wife, 29, and two daughters, Nasha Smith, 5, and Mayan Smith, 7.

Patterson and Nasha have died from gunshot wounds, according to police in Phoenix. Police said Maya had died as a result of blunt trauma.

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Smith later told police that he had confronted his wife after returning to a local bar. According to the police report, she denied this case, but Smith still shot her "because he believed God had told him to do it".

The police report states that Smith shot his 5-year-old daughter because she had "shown reprehensible behavior that he had deemed contrary to the laws of God".

According to police, Smith's 7-year-old daughter was crying about what had happened and Smith "felt that you should not cry for the bad guy, so he hit her in the face to several times with a clenched fist "and then finally hit her head. times with a baseball bat.

The police also found the girl's 3-year-old couple hiding under the bed. She was not hurt.

According to the police report, Smith did not kill his youngest daughter "because it reminded him of his identity". He stated that "his two other daughters reminded him of his wife whom he considered bad in the eyes of God".

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Smith stated that he then went to the apartment where his brother was staying near 67th Avenue and Indian School Road.

He first approached a friend of the family who was in the apartment. Smith "confronted this victim with the belief that Austin's brother was cheating on his wife," according to the police report.

The report goes on to say that the man "told Austin that he was crazy and Austin shot him repeatedly with a handgun".

The police said that Smith then reloaded his gun "and fired several times at the victim while the victim was lying on the ground".

Smith then went to his car and returned with a rifle, the police said.

When Smith returned to the apartment, he saw several friends of the family trying to help the victim. He regarded these people as conspirators with his wife and he shot them with the rifle. "

Police said Smith continued to fire the rifle and his handgun. "He claimed that it was God who had told him to shoot these people," according to the police report.

Police said Ron Freeman, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other people were found shot and wounded at the same scene. A 47-year-old woman was found in critical condition. A 33-year-old man was also found shot dead, but his injuries are not life threatening.

Smith was arrested without incident shortly thereafter.

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Police said Smith later confessed to the crimes.

"During this interview, he stated that the reason he had shot these people was because in the eyes of God it was convenient for him to deal with someone in this way," said the spokesman. Sergeant Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department explained.

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