Jury watches Crawley interrogation video

Shannon Crawley, 29, former 911 dispatcher.

February 17, 2010 5:08:25 PM PST
Jurors in a high-profile Durham murder case heard from the defendant Wednesday.

They watched taped interview footage of Shannon Crawley as she talked to investigators following the murder of Denita Smith.

Crawley is accused of killing Smith, a North Carolina Central University graduate student, three years ago.

Prosecutors believe a love Triangle was the motive and that the women were involved with the same man.

Jurors heard from Crawley through a video of her interrogation by an investigator, which was shot a few months after the murder.

In the taped interview, Crawley said her former boyfriend and Greensboro police officer, Jermeir Stroud, came to her house the day before the murder to talk. She said he was upset about their relationship and asked her to take a ride with him. They ended up going to Durham.

The lead investigator took the stand briefly before playing the video from Crawley's second interview in May 2007. During that interview, she told police she and Stroud went to Durham. The next day she said Stroud threatened her children if she didn't go with him again.

The defendant said she didn't know she was going to Durham and she didn't know the murder victim.

Once they arrived at Campus Crossing Apartments where Smith lived, Crawley said Stroud argued with someone and then she heard a gunshot.

"Seconds later, he was running out passed me from the breezeway," she said during the taped interview. "I never saw him go down the stairs, but he came to the breezeway towards me and shoved the gun down his waist. I asked him what happened. He yelled at me to get in the car."

Crawley's attorney claims Stroud killed his fiancé, but prosecutors say it was a jealous Crawley who pulled the trigger.

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