Fifth sus­pect sought in shooting death of rap­per in Pizza Hut park­ing lot, po­lice say

Ledger-Enquirer - - Local - BY BEN WRIGHT benw@ledger-en­quirer.com

Seven months af­ter rap­per Bran­den Den­son was fa­tally shot in the park­ing lot at Pizza Hut on Buena Vista Road, Colum­bus po­lice have charged an­other sus­pect with mur­der.

Po­lice are look­ing for Tyree Jaquan Smith in con­nec­tion with the April 6 death of Den­son, 32, Po­lice Lt. Greg Touch­berry said Thurs­day in a re­lease.

Smith is the fifth sus­pect charged in the shooting at 4236 Buena Vista Road. He joins 24-year-old Tom­mie Ja­mal Mullins, an aspir­ing rap artist and the one ac­cused in plan­ning the shooting, Dover Bartlett Cop­pins, 24, and Eric Ran­dall Spencer, 29, and Johnathon Le­mor­ris Swift, 26.

Den­son was shot dur­ing the theft of his mar­i­juana, po­lice tes­ti­fied dur­ing court hear­ings. Po­lice were called about 10:28 p.m. to the park­ing lot to check on a per­son shot.

Known as “Bil­lion Dol­lar BD,” Den­son was found shot three times in

the back while sit­ting in the driver’s seat of his black Jeep Wran­gler. Po­lice said a suit­case with 15 to 16 pounds of pack­aged mar­i­juana has never been found.

Smith should be con­sid­ered armed and extremely dan­ger­ous. He is de­scribed as 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 155 pounds. He has tat­toos “Flossie” on his right arm and “S” on the right arm.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the lo­ca­tion of Smith should con­tact Robert Ni­cholas at 706225-4363 or robert­ni­cholas@colum­busga.org.

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Rap­per Bran­den Den­son was fa­tally shot seven months ago. Den­son was shot dur­ing the theft of his mar­i­juana, po­lice tes­ti­fied dur­ing court hear­ings.

Tyree Smith

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