Judge denies bond to JC man charged with shooting one woman, killing another


JONESBOROUGH, TN (WJHL)- It was an emotional day in court Monday for a Johnson City man charged with shooting a woman in the face then killing another woman in a passing car early Friday morning.

A judge arraigned 22-year-old Denver Smith on charges of felony murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Tiaria Miller, and attempted murder of 24-year-old Chelsea Isbell.

Smith teared up when he walked in and saw what appeared to be his family sitting in the courtroom.

He mouthed words to a family member, that family member was then ordered to leave the courtroom for communicating with him.

Smith is charged with shooting Isbell outside of his apartment early Friday morning after an argument, according to police.

Officers say Smith then ran down John Exum Parkway in Johnson City trying to flag down cars to get away.

When no one would stop he fired his gun into a car that happened to be passing by killing 19-year-old Miller, according to investigators.

“The domestic case that happened prior to that, unfortunately, is normal in this area, but the shooting of just someone who just happened to be a passenger in a car driving by is very rare for this area,” District Attorney General Tony Clark said.

Smith started crying as the judge read the report of what officers say happened Friday morning.

The state told the judge it has a confession from Smith.

The judge ordered smith to be held without bond.

Smith will be back in court for his preliminary hearing this Thursday.Copyright 2015 WJHL. All Rights Reserved.

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