The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office told The Christian Post Thursday that they are reviewing the case to see what charges, if any, will stem from Smith’s death.
Emotions continue to run high among family members and friends of Smith over his death at the hands of his estranged pastor, identified as Keon Allison.
And they have been flocking to social media, along with other onlookers, to condemn the adulterous relationship between the pastor and Smith’s wife, and called on officials to quickly arrest Allison for murder.
“PASTOR KEON ALLISON IS A MURDERER…. HE GOT MY FRIEND WIFE PREGNANT DURING THEIR AFFAIR AND HE SHOT DEANTE SMITH COLD BLOODED 5 TIMES INSIDE THE CHURCH BECAUSE HE CAME TO CONFRONT HIM WITH A BRICK…. THIS CHURCH SHOULD BE BURNED TO THE GROUND,” wrote April Renee who described herself as a friend of Deante’s on the Facebook page of the City of God Church.
Renee later shared two text messages she claims came from conversations she had with Tykia Smith on Facebook, including one message she says was sent from Smith’s phone by Allison after the shooting.
“This is what his cheating wife just inbox me,” she noted to friends on Facebook Monday.
The message read: “This is Keon I just shot Deante he came up to my job tripping busting my windows out we can’t be together anymore.”
The date on that message, however, is last Friday, Oct. 16 while the Detroit Police Department says they were alerted of Deante’s shooting inside the City of God Church on Sunday, Oct. 18.
Noting the discrepancy, Dennice Owens, another person involved in the conversation, noted that if the information is authentic it should be brought to the attention of the police.
“April Renee was that text shown to the police because if he was killed two days later that’s premidetated (sic) murder is he in jail yet?” she asked.
In another chat session that Renee claims is between she and Tykia, Renee blames Deante’s wife for her role in his death.
“He changed his life around and u help end it. … Just think if he never would’ve (sic) met you he would still be alive. … LIVE WITH THAT,” Renee charged.
She then noted: “He told me out his mouth that u were pregnant by the pastor and u had a abortion faking like u miscarried.”
The Christian Post reached out to both Tykia and Renee for comment Wednesday, but none of them responded to a request to be interviewed.
On Thursday, Maria Miller, assistant prosecuting attorney and director of communications for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in Michigan said a warrant request has been made by investigators with the Detroit Police Department on the case, and it is currently being reviewed. She urged anyone who might have evidence that they think would be useful to the police to come forward.
“The case is currently being reviewed but no charges have issued at this time,” Miller told CP. “If there are people that have not turned evidence over to the police that they think will be helpful I would urge them to do so.”
Miller declined to discuss what charges, if any, might be filed in the case, but noted that the prosecutor’s office was working hard to ensure that the best possible decision is reached.
“I’m not going to speculate on that. That’s why the people here are reviewing it to see what would be appropriate in this case,” she said.
“There is a lot that we look at before we make a charging decision in a case like this, so we take the time that we think is needed. We don’t try to make a fast decision because it could be incomplete, the information that we have, so we are trying to gather everything to make the best decision that we can,” she added.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post