Murder Suspects Smithwick and Holmes Believed Victim Killed Their Friend

The two men suspected of killing 29-year-old Ricky Kelly believed Kelly had killed their friend Kevin Lucas, charging documents say.

Dominique Holmes was held on a second-degree murder charge Saturday in connection with Kelly’s death. Holmes’ co-defendant, Gregory Smithwick, was held for armed carjacking, but not the murder charge for which he was arrested.

Charging documents say that at approximately 7:29 a.m. on October 10, an MPD helicopter located a vehicle that was reported stolen. The helicopter followed the car to 32nd Place and Alabama Avenue Southeast, where it crashed.

According to the arrest documents, Smithwick and Holmes attempted to flee. When police caught the two men, they found a 9mm Beretta semi-automatic handgun on the front passenger floor area, where Holmes was sitting at the time of the crash.

When police arrested them, Holmes “spontaneously” told police, “They was trying to kill me on Ivanhoe,” the documents say.

Holmes told police he went to Kelly’s apartment that morning, where Kelly pulled a handgun on him and they struggled over the gun, documents say. Holmes said that Kelly shot himself several times during the struggle. Holmes, who took the gun, went out to the car and told Smithwick that he “f**ked up.”

Police found Kelly unconscious and unresponsive in the 100 block of Ivanhoe Street Southwest at around 7:29 a.m. Friday. Documents say he was shot nine times.

Police spoke with one witness who reported an attempted carjacking in the 2000 block of Fort Davis Street Southeast at approximately 6:48 a.m. on October 10, documents say.

A second witness reported a carjacking three minutes later and less than half a block away in the 2000 block 37th Street Southeast.

That witness told police that a black man ran up to her and pointed a handgun at her while repeatedly yelling, “Gimme your keys!” The man got into her silver Hyundai Sonata, and then pulled over down the road to let a second man in the car, the witness told police.

At around 7:23 a.m., documents say that a witness who was on the phone with Kelly told police it heard a commotion over the phone and Kelly saying, “Gimme the gun, gimme the gun!”

Kelly told the witness to call police, documents say, before the witness heard the sound of seven gunshots.

Another witness who was in the 100 block of Ivanhoe Street Southwest at the time told police it heard gunshots and saw a man dressed in black get into a silver vehicle with a black hood.

A preliminary hearing for the men has been scheduled for October 21.

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