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Suspect accused in woman’s stabbing death at Calif. furniture store has criminal history in the Carolinas

That man, Shawn Laval Smith, has a long arrest record here in the Carolinas, and right here in Charlotte.
Outrage over the murder prompted a flood of private donations that pumped the city of Los Angeles’ $50,000 reward for information all the way up to $250,000.
Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 11:52 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A man identified by police as the suspect in the murder of Brianna Kupfer was arrested Wednesday in Pasadena, California, police said.

That man, Shawn Laval Smith, has a long arrest record here in the Carolinas, and right here in Charlotte.

Several of the charges Smith faced in North Carolina were later dismissed, the most serious being “assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill”.

That charge was later dismissed by the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office, according to court records, because of a lack of evidence.

Smith, 31, was identified Tuesday by the LAPD and city officials as the suspect in the murder of 24-year-old Kupfer last Thursday.

According to CBS Los Angeles, she was working alone at a furniture store when police say she was stabbed to death by someone who entered the store.

According to records, Smith was out on a $50,000 bond for a 2019 case in South Carolina for allegedly discharging a firearm into a car.

Police said the attack appeared to be random, and Smith and Kupfer did not know each other.

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