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Deadly shooting involving former judge-executive shocks Knox County community

KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - We're learning more about a former Knox County judge-executive police say shot three people, killing two of them before taking his own life.

Police say Raymond Curtis Smith, 51, shot the victims inside a Bell County home on Tuesday morning, then drove to a Knox County cemetery and shot himself. He was pronounced dead at the Knox County Hospital.

People we talked to who knew Smith told us this deadly string of violence left them in shock.

"He didn't seem like he'd be a person to do that right there," said Virgil Golden, who says he knew Smith.

"It's a sad deal because that's somebody's kid," said Golden. "His mommy and daddy just died not long, and I don't think he got over that too good."

Virgil Golden and his son Charlie both say they knew Smith and even knew the victims as well. Police tell us Michael Smith, 50, and his son, Mychael Smith, 21, were shot and killed by Raymond Smith in their Pineville home on Laurel Lakes road around 9:30 Tuesday morning. Michael Smith's daughter, Robin Smith, 21, was also shot. She was taken to Middlesboro ARH, and was then airlifted to UT Medical Center. Her condition is not known. Raymond Smith was not related to Michael, Mychael, and Robin Smith.

"It just don't follow his character," said Charlie Golden. "I've known him. He offered me a job four years ago working the sawmill."

Raymond Smith was judge-executive in Knox County from 2002 to 2006. We're told his time in office was troubled. He spent more than two years in prison for mail fraud.

Some in Knox County think the news will come as a shock for some who knew him.

"It'll be 50/50. Some people will be glad of it and some people won't. But I hate that it happened," Golden told us. "I would hate that it happened to anybody."

The facts of the case are making those who liked Raymond Smith cringe.

"To kill somebody else and then kill yourself would be the cowardly way to do that," said Charlie Golden.

WKYT's Jerrika Insco did find one of Raymond Smith's family members, but he was not interested in talking with her.

On Wednesday, Kentucky State Police released a possible motive in the shootings. They tell us Raymond Smith and Robin Smith were in a relationship, which Robin Smith ended about a month ago. We're told Raymond Smith was upset about the break-up.


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