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UPDATE: 'Candy lady' homicide case sent to grand jury

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Frances Smith, the victim in Sunday's fatal shooting. Frances Smith, the victim in Sunday's fatal shooting.

UPDATE:  Cashman Perkins, the primary suspect in the death of Frances Smith, has waived his right to a hearing.

Judge David Bales has sent the case to the grand jury.

PREVIOUS STORY: Channel 3 has learned new details in the fatal shooting of Frances Smith.

The suspect, Cashman Jamar Perkins, was extradited from Mississippi and is currently in a Hamilton County jail.

In an affidavit, investigators report that Perkins “knocked on the door of her residence and said he just shot someone” and fled the area, running into the nearby woods.

Police also say a witness stated that Perkins and the victim, Frances Smith, were arguing at a club and a nearby residence earlier the night before.

Chattanooga police also say that Perkins did not have a valid Tennessee Handgun Permit.

PREVIOUS STORY: A man suspected of shooting his girlfriend to death in her Emma Wheeler residence was extradited back to Chattanooga.Cashman Perkins, 31, faces charges of criminal homicide, aggravated domestic assault, and unlawful possession of a weapon. As of Wednesday morning, Perkins remained at the jail on a $1,625,000 bond. He has a hold placed on him from Rutherford County where he faces a violation of probation for possession of marijuana. He is also charged with failing to appear in court on a unlawful possession of  a weapon charge out of Bedford County.

Chattanooga police believe Perkins killed 40-year-old Frances Smith on June 8 in her home located on Woodland View Circle before fleeing to Columbus, MS. Smith was known in the neighborhood as the "Candy Lady." Perkins was arrested Sunday in Mississippi. He was extradited to Chattanooga on Tuesday.

Perkins is expected to appear before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge David Bales on June 24.

Chattanooga police have investigated as many as 14 homicides this year -- 79 percent of those deaths are the result of gun violence. As many as four of this year's homicides are domestic violence related.

Frances Smith's 22-year-old daughter is hosting a fundraiser and prayer vigil Thursday, June 12th from 3:00pm-6:00pm near Wheeler Homes at the Pineywood Resource Center at 701 Hooker Rd in Chattanooga.

The proceeds raised will go towards paying for the funeral.

The murder victim known for being the 'candy lady' will be laid to rest June 17th. The viewing and service will be held at Franklin Funeral Homes at 1101 Dodds Ave.

HOW TO HELP | Make a donation to the fund

REVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Police are searching for the man they say is responsible for shooting and killing a woman early Sunday morning in Emma Wheeler Homes. Investigators say it was 40-year-old Frances Smith who died in the shooting.

Word spread quickly early Sunday morning that 40-year-old Smith, better known as the 'candy lady,' was shot multiple times and killed inside her home off Woodland View Circle. The neighborhood was saddened and upset by the news. Smith was a source of joy and summertime treats for kids in the community.

"She was nice," says one nine-year-old girl.

Police are now looking for 31-year-old Cashman Perkins, identified by friends as Smith's boyfriend.
"I just walked up to the tape and just asked the police, 'Just tell me, did he hurt her?' And he told me. He was honest with me. He said, 'Yes, he hurt her.' I sat out here until they brought her body out and I knew," says Unike Williams, Frances Smith's best friend. "I'm trying to be strong. I just want to be strong. I cried yesterday. I don't want to cry today."

She says she talked to Smith just hours before the shooting.

"She just called me Saturday on my job, wanting me to go out. She just called me at ten. And to hear that she got killed? Sunday morning? That's big. That's big," says Williams, wiping away tears.

Now Williams is begging for Perkins to turn himself in.

"'Cash' please turn yourself in. Cashman Perkins, please turn yourself in. Please. Please. You have hurt a lot of people. Please just turn yourself in."

Williams says Frances Smith's family is meeting Monday night to start planning her funeral.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Chattanooga Police Department at (423) 698-2525.

PREVIOUS STORY: A typically quiet neighborhood turned violent on Sunday morning with police tape lining Emma Wheeler homes.

"It actually hasn't been a hot spot out there in a long time, it’s really quiet, a lot of older people live out there; but things happen," said Sgt. Wayne Jefferson, Chattanooga Police.

It was around 5 o'clock this morning when police were called out to Woodland View Circle.

"Not too sure if it was a neighbor that called, we received a call about shots fired and we responded to it," said Jefferson.

When police got there, they found a black female inside her home with several gunshot wounds to the chest.

"We're not too sure if it was a neighbor that found her, or someone just heard the shots," said Jefferson.

The victim’s name has not been released at this time and no suspects have been named as police continue to investigate exactly who came into the home and shot a woman so many people are now grieving over.

Sgt. Jefferson says prior to Sunday morning's homicide, they haven't seen as much violence. They hope it’s a trend that sticks.

"It's been a little quiet lately as you can tell and we're really hoping we can really use this initiative to help stop the senseless violence that's going on in the city," said Jefferson. 

Chattanooga police are still investigating at this time. 

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to call the police.

PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police are investigating a homicide that occurred early Sunday morning.

Sgt. Wayne Jefferson tells Channel 3 officers were called to the 5100 block of Woodland View Circle just after 5 a.m. Sunday on a possible person shot.

When officers arrived they found a woman shot multiple times in the chest, she was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim has not been identified and there is currently no suspect information.

Call Chattanooga police at (423) 698-2525 if you have any information on this case.

698-2525if you have information that could help.
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