A family dispute over a 98-year-old mothers care led a Russell County man to shoot his brother twice Tuesday with a single-shot 12-gauge shotgun, Sheriff Heath Taylor said.
Larry Smith, 48, was charged with murder in the slaying of his brother Archie Smith, 58, the sheriff said.
The homicide at 157 The Lane, off Dobbs Drive, was reported about 5 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said. Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. said Archie Smith was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m.
Taylor said the family conflict started at the elderly mothers house at 159 The Lane, where Larry Smith lived, then continued at a mobile home next door. He said Archie Smith, who lives down the street, was not present with the altercation began, but relatives summoned him to the trailer to try to settle the matter. The two brothers started arguing, and Larry Smith went back to his mothers house to get the shotgun, Taylor said.
Larry Smith fired one blast at his brother, then reloaded and fired another, both at close range, leaving Archie Smith lying in a pool of blood, the sheriff said. Afterward Larry Smith took the gun back to his mothers house and put it away, Taylor said. Larry Smith was waiting in the driveway when authorities arrived, the sheriff said.
The Lane is near the Crawford city limits sign on U.S. 80. Two older trailers stand where Smiths homicide took place about 3 miles down The Lane, past where the asphalt gives way to gravel bordered by red clay. The trailer at 157 The Lane is light blue, set off from the road by a wire fence.