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Three held on drug-related murder charges

The Clarksville Police Department
The Clarksville Police Department

On January 9, Craig Fulton  (B/M), 20, of  1418 Marla Ct, Clarksville, Terry D. Smith Jr. (W/M), 20, of 201 Sunbrite Drive, Clarksville, and a juvenile male, 14, from Clarksville, were all charged with first degree murder. Fulton and Smith   are being held without bond and the juvenile is being held in a juvenile holding facility.

The case arose from an incident on January 8. At 10:12 p.m, officers responded to a shooting which occurred on Marla Circle, which is in the Hazelwood Subdivision off of Trenton Rd, Clarksville. When officers arrived on scene, they found George Dyess, 29 years old of Clarksville,  was a victim of gunshot. Dyess was Lifeflighted to Vanderbilt at approximately 10:50 p.m. He died on the morning of January 9,  as a result of his injuries.

During the investigation by the Major Crimes Unit, it was revealed that Fulton, Smith, and the 14 year old juvenile planned to rob a juvenile, 17 years old, during a drug deal at 3844 Marla Circle. The homicide victim, George Dyess, 29 years old accompanied the 17 year old juvenile to do the drug deal.

Initially, George Dyess remained outside while the 17 year old went into the residence. When the 17 year old entered the residence, Fulton, Smith, and the 14 year old started beating on the 17 year old and took about three quarters of an ounce of marijuana during the robbery. During the robbery the homicide victim, George Dyess entered the residence to help the victim. At some point, during Dyess’ attempt to help the 17 year old, Dyess was shot multiple times by one of the murder suspects. Dyess was transported to Vanderbilt Hospital and died as a result of his injuries.

The 14 year old was transported to a juvenile holding facility. Fulton, and Smith were both taken into custody and booked into Montgomery County Jail on January 9, 2009 and being held without bond. Detective Tim Anderson is the lead investigator.


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