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David Gordon Smith

Real Name: David Gordon Smith
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: October 28, 1985


Details: Twenty-five-year old David Gordon Smith and another man robbed a driver's licensing station on September 1, 1978 in Catoosa, Oklahoma. Police chief J.B. Hamby, the only officer in town, responded to the robbery and after arriving at the station met with gunfire. A shootout began between J.B. and the two robbers, and during this, the one robber was killed and Smith was injured, but he was still able to mortually wound J.B. Hamby. After Smith left the scene, J.B. went to a laundromat next door to get help but soon died. Two hours after the shooting, Smith was arrested at a local hospital while he was being treated for his wound. He was charged, tried and convicted of J.B. Hamby's murder after it was determined through balistics tests that his gun was the one that killed J.B. Hamby.

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J.B. Hamby

In June of 1979, he began serving a life sentence without parole, and became the model prisoner. He gained trustee status in the prison and eventually began living in a house on the prison grounds. Also, in 1982, he was allowed to get married. In 1984, Smith was granted a parole hearing, claiming that he was a model prisoner and would be a model citizen. However, his parole was denied. For another year, he remained a model prisoner, until on October 28, 1985, a prison guard discovered that Smith was missing, and authorities believe that Smith was picked up by his wife and the two vanished together. In February of 1986, Smith and his wife were spotted at a gas station in Arkansas, but the two once again disappeared and haven't been seen since.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 7, 1992 episode.
Results: Captured. David Gordon Smith was arrested after an anonymous tip from a viewer told authorities that he was working as a service manager at a automobile dealership in Spearfish, South Dakota. He was returned to a maximum security prison in Oklahoma, convicted of escape charges and denied parole in 2008.

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