Verdict in 2014 Bicycle Road Murder Trial

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UPDATED
August 13, 2015
By Julie Montanaro

A jury deliberated for more than two hours Wednesday night in the murder trial of Shelton Mitchell.

Mitchell was accused of killing Terrell Smith, whose bullet riddled body was found near the railroad tracks off Bicycle Road in October 2014.

Mitchell was originally charged with murder and armed robbery, but the jury convicted him of lesser charges - manslaughter and theft.

The defense had argued there was no way to prove who fired the deadly shots.

Mitchell faces up to 15 years in prison for the manslaughter conviction. A sentencing date has not been set.

Other charges are still pending against Mitchell for allegedly fighting with the officers who arrested him.


UPDATED
August 11, 2015
By Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man is now on trial for a 2014 murder on Bicycle Road.

Shelton Mitchell spent months on the run, but was arrested earlier this year and is now in court to face first degree murder charges.

Carlos Gay was the first person to take the stand. Gay testified he was in the kitchen when he heard a loud crash outside his home on Bicycle Road. He said he came out to find his mailbox splintered and the taillights of a car racing into the treeline at the end of the road near the railroad tracks.

"Were you able to see any body get out of the car?"

"No, sir."

"Did you hear any gunshots?"

"No, sir."

Shelton Mitchell is now on trial for what prosecutors say was a drug fueled robbery and murder.

Officers testified that 25 year old Terrell Smith was found shot to death not far from the crashed car with more than 700 dollars in his pocket.

Prosecutors claim to have phone calls and a key fingerprint tying Mitchell to the crime.

Defense attorneys contend there may have been someone else on the other end of the phone that day and on the other end of the gun.

"You are going to be left at the end of this trial wondering for sure 'Who actually was the shooter? What was the role of Shelton Mitchell?" Collins said in his opening remarks to the jury.

Beverly Gonzalez lives on the other side of those railroad tracks. She testified she saw a man in a white t-shirt stagger and fall that day and when she went to see what was wrong she got the scare of her life as a man in a dark hoodie ran right by her.

"When I turned to see the other guy that fell, the other guy ran by me - whoom - just real fast and I couldn't see him because he had the hood on," Gonzalez said.

A car detailer at a nearby car dealership also testified. He said he heard several gunshots and saw a car whiz by the gate with someone hanging out of the window. He says he could not see who fired the shots.

Testimony in the trial is expected to continue on Wednesday.


By: Julie Montanaro
August 11, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --

Crime scene photos are now flashing on a big screen as Shelton Mitchell stands trial in the 2014 shooting death of Terrell Smith.

Smith was shot multiple times and found dead by the railroad tracks off Bicycle Road. He was found near a car that had crashed into a tree.

Officers who testified this morning initially thought they were responding to investigate a hit and run or stolen car, but Officer Michelle Yown says she found two phones and a gun inside the crashed car and Officer Silver testified that as he searched for a way to get a tow truck to the scene, he found a man's body by the fence.

Prosecutor Jack Campbell told the jury that cell phone calls between the two men in the hour before the crash will be critical evidence in the case, but defense attorney David Collins told the jury that someone else may have been using Mitchell's phone that day.

The defense also questioned why another man - in whose room police found a container of marijuana with Smith's fingerprint on it - was not suspected in the crime or charged with anything.

WCTV will update this story as more details become available


Update: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 10, 2015

TALLAHASSEE -- A Tallahassee man accused of robbing and killing a man during a drug deal is set to go on trial Tuesday.

Shelton Mitchell allegedly killed Terrell Smith last October near Bicycle Road in Tallahassee. Police say Smith was shot four times inside his car. He sped off, drove across nearby railroad tracks, got out of his car, then collapsed and died.

Mitchell was caught four months later at a Tallahassee gas station. He faces several charges, including first degree murder and armed robbery.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
March 25, 2015

A Leon County grand jury has indicted Shelton Mitchell on charges of first degree murder, armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a delinquent, possession of marijuana, resisting an officer with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer.

Mitchell is accused of robbing and killing Terrell Smith during a drug deal on Bicycle Road in October. Mitchell was on the run for four months before his arrest at a west side gas station last month.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
February 24, 2015

A murder suspect who has been on the run for nearly four months is now behind bars in Tallahassee.

U.S. Marshals finally caught up with him in an SUV at a gas station on Capital Circle Northwest and arrest papers say he put up a fight.

Court records filed today say 19 year old Shelton Mitchell fought two officers and was ultimately tased so they could get him in handcuffs.

Mitchell is accused of shooting and killing Terrell Smith back in October. Witnesses saw Smith's car careening down Bicycle Road and up over the railroad tracks. He was found dead near the car.

Arrest papers say Smith's last call was to Mitchell's phone and those papers quoted a friend as saying Mitchell confessed to robbing and shooting Smith four times during a drug deal.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 24, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Tallahassee police have arrested a man in connection with an October 2014 murder off of Bicycle Road.

According to court documents, police found two cell phones in an abandoned vehicle near where Terrell Smith was found dead of apparent gun shot wounds on October 30, 2014.

Police then made a connection between a frequently dialed number in Smith's phone and another phone that the service provider told police was at the homicide scene at the time of Smith's death.

The phone service provider also gave police an address on Peachtree Drive.

When officers arrived at that location, a man fled out of a back bedroom window. Police say they found a phone in the search for the man and determined that the phone belonged to Shelton Mitchell.

A search warrant was also issued for the residence on Peachtree drive and police found over 261 grams of marijuana, including several small packages and containers of marijuana.

A witness told TPD that Mitchell said he had been looking for a "weed guy" that he could "rip" and that Mitchell wanted to rob someone that sold marijuana.

The same witness told police that on November 1st, Mitchell said that the robbery went bad so he shot Smith four times and all on the same side.

Police say that the specific information matched what was found at the crime scene.

Police believe that Smith was shot from the passenger seat during a possible drug transaction before speeding across nearby railroad tracks near Blountstown Street and Bicycle Road. Police believe he then left his vehicle and collapsed due to his injuries nearby.

A witness told police that Mitchell arrived at the house on Peachtree Street shortly after the shooting occurred with a brown paper bag and a plastic container of marijuana with a fingerprint that matched the victim's.

Updates on the arrest details are not available at this time. WCTV will update this story as more information becomes available.


By: Julie Montanaro
October 31, 2014

Tallahassee Police revealed today that a man found at the scene of the crash had been shot to death.

"I looked to my left ... saw tail lights going across the railroad track..."

This is the man who called 911.

He says the speeding car took out his mailbox, managed to squeeze between the fence and two big oak trees and went full speed up and over the railroad tracks at the end of the street.

Eyewitness said, "It's just crazy, man, you know, I'm sitting there thinking what if my kids had been playing outside?"

Tallahassee Police say they were called to the scene on Bicycle Road around 4:30 Thursday and soon discovered this was much more than an accident.

Officer David Northway, TPD PIO said "There was no driver with the car. There were no passengers in there. They started to look around and they located unfortunately a body near the vehicle that appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound."

Police are not yet commenting on the motive for the shooting or whether there may have been anyone else in the car.

They've identified the man who was shot as 25-year-old Terrell Smith.

Friends waiting at police headquarters tell us whatever happened, Smith didn't deserve to die and they hope they find whoever did it, fast.

Tallahassee Police ask anyone with information to call 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 31, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Tallahassee police have identified the person found dead near Bicycle Road yesterday afternoon.

Tallahassee Police Department spokesperson David Northway says that 25-year-old Terrell L. Smith died from an apparent gunshot wound.

Smith's body was found near the 2900 block of Bicycle Road after an abandoned vehicle was found nearby.

Investigators from TPD's Violent Crimes Unit and Forensic Technicians also came to the scene and are currently investigating the case, interviewing all identified witnesses and processing evidence.

TPD is asking anyone with information about this case to please call (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. All information given is anonymous and you could be eligible for a cash reward.


By: Chris Gros
October 30, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Around 4:30 p.m. Tallahassee police responded to a call in regards to a traffic incident on Bicycle Road.

When officers arrived they found an abandoned car and body not far from that car in an opened area.

The vehicle was found near the 2900 block of Bicycle Road which intersects with Blountstown Street.

Members of the forensic and violent crimes unit are on scene collecting evidence and information.

The identity of the body will not be released until TPD notifies the next of kin.

A TPD spokesperson didn't release the condition of the body or the vehicle as it's still an ongoing investigation

If you have any info TPD wants you to call Tallahassee Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-8477.



 
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