EXCLUSIVE: new details in murder of father over drone

- The two teenagers accused of shooting and killing a father of four last month during the planned sale of a drone faced a judge Thursday.

Cicero Adam Smith, 18, and a juvenile referred to only as D.S., 15, are both charged with felony murder in the death of Samuel Norman, 51.

On March 3, DeKalb County Police responded to reports of shots fired on Indian Manor Drive in Stone Mountain. They discovered Norman dead inside his 1991 GMC Truck from a gunshot wound to the chest.

In a preliminary hearing, DeKalb Police Detective J. Tables said Norman had responded to an advertisement for a drone on the letgo app. Officers were able to match the photos of the drone from the letgo ad to another listing on OfferUp, another classifieds app.

"Through the Offer Up ad, we had seen that there was a robbery in January where D.S. was positively identified by the victim," Det. Tables testified.

In that robbery, D.S. allegedly stole the victim's money and car in the same neighborhood as the incident with Norman.

Det. Tables said police executed a search warrant on a home on Indian Manor Drive and discovered not only distinguishing features that matched the drone photographs on letgo, but also an empty drone box and other items.]

Interviews with family members, including Smith's sister, placed both Smith and D.S. at the scene with Norman.

"She had stated she had a bad feeling of what their intentions were.  'They were up to no good,' were her words," said Det. Tables.  "She said Cicero and D.S. were 'fittin' to hit a lick,' It's another way of saying 'a robbery.'"

Tables said Smith told police that D.S. pulled the trigger.

"He said everything happened so fast.  That he saw him reaching and then everything happened so fast. Those were his words," Det. Tables said.

D.S. did not speak with police, but told another family member that Smith pulled the trigger. That, combined with the fact that police recovered five shell casings from Norman's gun at the scene, lead defense attorneys to motion for dismissal of the charges against the teens.

"Based on the evidence we have heard here today, it is certainly contradictory as to, number one, who fired any shots at Mr. Norman. Number two, primarily we don't know from the evidence who fired shots first. It's very clear that Mr. Norman was armed. He was armed with two weapons and also had a dog, that his weapon was fired at least five times," said Smith's attorney, Beverly Taylor.

The judge, however, determined there was sufficient evidence to hold both Smith and D.S. on felony murder charges.

Norman's family declined to comment on Thursday's hearing.

Up Next:


  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories you may be interested in - includes advertiser stories