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Penton shooting results in fatality


One LaFayette man is dead and another is in custody after a fatal shooting early Sunday morning in Penton. Kason Matthew King, 28, has been charged with murder by the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department following the death of Jarrad Lamar Smith, 32 on Sunday morning.

At approximately 3:30 am CST, on Sunday, June 9, Chambers County deputies responded to a call from a residence on the 2,000 block of County Road 153 in Penton. When they arrived on the scene, deputies discovered the body of Smith, who had suffered a single fatal gunshot wound to the torso. Chambers County Coroner Jeff Jones would pronounce Smith dead at the scene.

King was identified as a suspect in the shooting and later Sunday morning he turned himself into deputies in LaFayette and was placed under arrest and charged with Smith’s murder.

On Wednesday morning, Sheriff’s Department officials announced that additional charges had been filed against King as a result of their ongoing investigation. Charges of kidnapping, first degree and assault, first degree have been filed. The new charges came as a result of events that followed the murder of Smith, and involve a female victim, whose name was not released by authorities.

King is currently being held at the Chambers County Detention Facility in LaFayette with no bond.

Smith’s body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science in Montgomery for an autopsy and the case remains under investigation by the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, Chambers County Coroner’s Office and the Alabama Department of Forensic Science.

No other details were released by the Sheriff’s Office regarding the case.

The incident occurred at a third party’s residence and reports are that the Smith and King were involved in an altercation late Saturday at an establishment in north Chambers County.