Teen charged in death of Lima man

By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



LIMA — A teenager has been charged with two counts of murder and two counts of felonious assault in the death last month of Robert Smith II.

Clois-Ray Adkins,19, will be arraigned Oct. 30 in Allen County Common Pleas Court in connection with the alleged assault of Smith during a fight that ultimately led to the death of the 22-year-old Lima man.

According to court documents, Adkins is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, and had come to Lima just two days before his arrest.

A report filed in Lima Municipal Court by Lima Police Department Detective Kent Miller states police were dispatched to the area of Holmes and Milburn avenues shortly before 8 p.m. Sept. 3 in response to the report of a fight.

In his affidavit, Miller said Adkins was armed with a large tree limb during the altercation and struck Smith in the head one time with the limb. Smith was transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center with traumatic head injuries and died the following day.

Miller’s report indicates that Adkins was quickly located and apprehended following the altercation. Multiple witnesses reportedly identified the defendant and the assault was captured on a cell phone video.

During a subsequent interview with police, Adkins reportedly admitted striking Smith with the tree limb, according to the detective.

Smith’s death was fourth homicide in Lima in 2017.


By J Swygart


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