Kansas City man charged with killing roommate

Saturday, January 24, 2009 | 3:27 p.m. CST; updated 4:24 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 24, 2009

KANSAS CITY — A Kansas City man has been charged with killing his roommate and then setting the house on fire to conceal the evidence.

Police on Friday arrested 30-year-old David N. Smith on charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 29-year-old Brandon Stevens, who was house-sitting for the home's owner.

Officials believe the shooting was prompted by a dispute over money.

The Kansas City Star reported on its Web site that a forensic dentist positively identified Stevens' remains, and an X-ray at the medical examiner's office showed what appeared to be a bullet in Stevens' neck.

Smith was arrested in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday with a sport utility vehicle owned by the victim, whose body was found early Friday by firefighters who responded to a house fire in Kansas City's Waldo area.

According to court records, a man inside the house was awoken early Friday by the sound of loud banging. He said he saw Smith and another man pushing Stevens into the house, then they took him upstairs and a single gunshot rang out.

The man said that after the other two men came back downstairs, the three smoked marijuana and tried to hook a trailer owned by Stevens up to an SUV.Smith allegedly then poured gasoline throughout the house and onto a white sweater to start the fire.

After they couldn't get the trailer hooked up, the three men took Stevens' SUV to a pancake restaurant in Kansas City, Kan., before going to the home of Smith's mother, according to court records.

Smith fell asleep, and the man who is accused of helping with the shooting walked home, records say, while the third man left the house and called police.

The house where Stevens was shot was filled with flames when firefighters arrived around 5:30 a.m. Friday. They found the victim's burned body in one of the rooms and contacted police.

Friends of Stevens said he was a brick mason who worked with his brother in the construction industry.


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Jennifer Smith June 5, 2009 | 7:58 p.m.

Dear Dave, you're finally going to get what's been coming to you. Your mother should be ashamed for the way she raised you boys, I apologize; pack of wolves. I hope that justice prevails and you get the most EXTREME punishment for this horrible crime you've commited. Where ever Shanna is I hope she is smiling ear to ear. Love always your favorite sister in law Jenni Finley-Smith

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dione smith December 10, 2009 | 9:36 a.m.

David, I want you to know I love you and I want you to know I pray for you everyday.

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jackie miranda smith laplatney March 4, 2010 | 5:31 a.m.

Jackie Miranda Smith Laplatney .. Well Well Well, I gotta tell you I do not feel for you one bit there shorty..aka david..I am the mother of your first born, a beautiful 11 year old girl you will never know. I do not feel on bit bad for you. I beleive you get what you give. and it was only a matter of time before it all caught up with you. I hope you fry,,,not just for the crime but for all your past bad decisions and the people you have hurt along the line. I hope they sentence you to death, this way it will be easier to explain to your daughter your death rather then tell her what a monster you are. Jenni, great you hit the nail on the head they are a "pack of wolves" One who manage to have the gun laws changed in Kansas because of his crimes, one on trial for murder, one who is snitching on the one sitting in jail, and one who bailed on his existance at the age of 16. As for you dione, you should pray, and not for him, pray for the innocent children he has left behind and what they will have to endure in the future becasue of the hidious crimes there father has committed... I beleive he had EVERYTHING to do with Shannas death, and had i would have stayed with him , i probably wouldnt be alive today. All i can say is i received beatings from this man where i was left for dead in my living room. How do you pray for someone like that. You dont get to go through your life hurting and killing people , then when you get cought and are about to face your actions, you decide to start finding God and praying. What about the kids he is leaving behind to walk in shame becasue of what he has done...why dont you pray for them. I see you are a smith,,, so i suppose you to be a relative... how about praying for his daughter, or his two sons who were left with out a mother becasue of him.. or is it becasue you are just as heartless as that man himself. July 19th 2010 at 9 am starts his Jury trial I will Be there with Popcorn, and Jenni to watch this man get exactly what is coming to him. I hope the give him his last fatal coctail, at least if there is any justice left, or maybe we will get to watch him soil himself as they fry him in the chair. Try praying for his fatherless kids, he dosent deserve the love of God, You Me or especially his kids. He is the scum of the earth we teach our kids not to be like. May got have mercy on your soul, not his.

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hattie smith February 4, 2011 | 2:15 a.m.

prayer brought a blessing for david in his case eligable for parole in 2012. I keep you in my prayers every night. Love you Shorty....xoxoxo (nobody is perfect babe, we all make mistakes and God forgives us) GOD IS GREAT!

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jackie miranda smith laplatney February 17, 2011 | 1:53 p.m.
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