HARKER HEIGHTS — A Waco woman investigators believe to be responsible for the shooting deaths of two men at Club Empire was arrested by police Tuesday morning, said police Chief Mike Gentry.
Olishea Lashawn Smith, 29, surrendered to Harker Heights detectives at 10:30 a.m., officials said at a Tuesday news conference announcing the arrest.
Smith is charged with the murder of Damion Duane Hopkins. Police also said she shot and killed Dexter Lamont Prather. Both were fatally shot Saturday about 5:30 a.m. at Club Empire, an after-hours club that is open from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and relies on its patrons bringing their own beverages, as it does not have a liquor license.
Police said Smith and Prather arrived at the club together, and it’s possible that the two were in a relationship. Gentry said it
appears the incident arose from a fight over a game of dice between Prather and Hopkins.
Smith fired five rounds, which led to the two deaths, police said.
“At some point, Smith produced a weapon and fired at, I think, the person she believed to be in the affray against Prather,” Gentry said. “From that, we don’t know other than what the forensics tell us, but she is the sole shooter in the incident.”
The city’s police department teamed up with the Bell County Organized Crime Unit and U.S. Marshals for the investigation, and had help from Killeen and Waco police.
HHPD was tight-lipped early in the investigation, and released few details about the case. That’s because the department knew who it was looking for fairly early, Gentry said, and was focused on finding Smith.
Smith was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and held on a $1 million bond. Smith is in the Bell County Jail.
This is the first double homicide in Harker Heights in 13 years.
In June 2005, Leroy Mott was found guilty of capital murder in the shooting death of his former son-in-law, Lt. Col. Reginald Singleton, 38, at Singleton’s home in Harker Heights on March 18, 2004.
Also killed in the home that day was Singleton’s father, David Singleton Jr., 58. The younger Singleton’s girlfriend, Tomiko Davis, was shot in the neck and paralyzed.