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Chambers Co. DA weigh options in case of Lafayette man's murder

Amber Hancock (L) and Casey Smith (R). (Source: Lee County Sheriff's office) Amber Hancock (L) and Casey Smith (R). (Source: Lee County Sheriff's office)
CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -

The Chambers County District Attorney's Office hasn't decided if they'll seek the death penalty in murder of Lafayette man.

Chambers County Assistant District Attorney Damon Lewis tells News Leader 9 he does not know if he will seek the death penalty in the capital murder case of Casey Smith and Amber Hancock. 

SBI Agents confirms Hancock and Smith were arrested and charged with capital murder in the course of a robbery and burglary that resulted in
the death of John Keith Smith, Casey's uncle. 

Capital murder means if the duo are convicted, they can be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or lethal injection. Smith and Hancock remain behind bars at the Chambers County jail on no bond.

Scotty Smith is John's brother and Casey's father. Scotty says Thursday afternoon, his brother called him, concerned his car had been moved, at his home along Alabama Avenue West. Scotty says he heard his brother say: "what the hell are you doing in my house" and the phone disconnected.

Concerned, Scotty got police and went to his brother's home where he kicked in the door. He says his brother was face down and when he rolled him over, he saw blood. 

Scotty says his 30- year-old son, Casey Smith is struggling with drug addiction. He told police his son may have been at the house and stolen his brother's vehicle.

Later on that day, Auburn Police located Smith and Hancock, in the victim's vehicle, along Stonewall Road and arrested them for giving false information. They were charged this weekend with capital murder.

The family tells us John Smith never met a stranger, he was a father of three, loved his grandchildren and would help anyone. He attended Sandy Creek   United Church of Christ, would often donate his long hair to Locks of Love.
 
Smith and Hancock are expected to be in court this week for their first appearance, where a preliminary hearing will be set.

At this point, the SBI is not releasing any more information, including if they have recovered the alleged murder weapon and who investigators believe pulled the trigger.

This is a developing story; check back for more updates. 

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