Crime & Courts

Suspect in rap slaying arrested in Columbia

A suspect in the shooting death of an Alabama rap artist was arrested Friday in Columbia, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Rapper Eugene “Nawty Shawty” Smith was shot to death and another man was seriously injured in a March 25 incident outside the Rose Supper Club in Montgomery, Ala.

Courtney Maurice Smith, 28, faces murder and attempted murder charges in Alabama.

Courtney Smith was taken into custody in Columbia after the Marshals Service received a tip about where he was staying.

Investigators from the Marshals Service, the Montgomery Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department worked together to find the suspect.

“They worked a lot of long hours in an effort to locate him," U.S. Marshal Jesse Seroyer said in a news release.

Richland County deputies and U.S. Marshals arrested Smith after surrounding the home. The address was not disclosed. Smith surrendered without incident, according to law enforcement.

Eugene Smith, 25, was a founding member of the group Deuce Komradz, according to a report today in the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser.

He was buried Sunday. He is survived by five children.

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