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Lafayette County man shoots wife's attacker

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On Saturday, June 18, Lafayette County deputies arrived to a home on County Road 3011 to find two people dead.

One was 45-year-old Melissa Smith and the other was 26-year-old Jose Benitez. Lafayette County investigators tell our sister station in Tupelo, WTVA, that by the completion of the investigation and autopsies, it was determined there was a verbal fight between Smith and Benitez outside the home.

That fight led to the presence of a weapon.

Investigators say Benitez stabbed Smith several times. Deputies found Benitez with a gunshot wound. That shot came from Smith’s husband, Michael Smith, who was sleeping when the verbal fight began outside.

When Michael heard the disturbance, investigators say he got a high power rifle and shot Benitez, then called 911.

The case will be presented to a Lafayette County Grand Jury on August 30 to determine any possible criminal actions.

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