DeSoto man indicted for murder in stabbing death of Longview woman

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A Gregg County grand jury has indicted a 20-year-old man who allegedly stabbed a woman to death and then told his girlfriend that God told him to do it.

Rodrick Deshun Arkeith Elliott, of DeSoto, was indicted on a first-degree felony charge. Elliott was one of 34 people that were indicted by the Gregg County grand jury when it met July 25 and 26.

Back in May, KLTV obtained the arrest warrant for Elliott. The affidavit details the events that led up to his arrest for the murder of Sandy Smith, 51, of Longview.

Smith was stabbed with a knife or some other type of sharp object. She was found at a residence in the 300 block of East Grand Street in Longview on May 3.

According to the warrant, a woman who identified herself as Smith's mother called Longview police saying her daughter was "bleeding all over and was cut all over." Officers arrived and found Smith lying on the floor. EMS had already arrived on scene. Smith was taken to Good Shephard Medical Center where she later died.

Smith's mother and her husband told police they had left the house and returned three hours later to find Smith lying on the floor. She was covered in blood.
The mother told police Smith told her to call 911 and that she was dying. The warrant stated that she told detectives she first thought her daughter had injured herself but upon further investigation discovered she had multiple stab wounds.

The warrant also stated that the mother told police an incident had occurred the previous day. A black man had walked up to Smith's door and asked her for a light. The mother believed the man had been wandering the area and talking to people in the neighborhood, the warrant stated.

Detectives continued their investigation and spoke to several people standing outside the Hiway 80 Mission, on Marshall Ave. They confirmed with detectives that they had observed the man speaking to residents in the area. One resident at the Mission told a detective that he needed to speak with the staff at the Mission about a person who stays in Bunk 3, according to the warrant.

That person was identified by staff as Elliott. According to the warrant, the witness told the detective he had overheard Elliott talking to someone on the phone. He reportedly asked the person on the other end of the line, "Would you still love me if I killed someone?" The resident admitted he couldn't see the man's face or any features.

Another resident at the Hiway 80 Mission told detectives he believed Elliott had a girlfriend that lived in Gladewater, according to the warrant. Detectives were able to get an address and went to speak with Elliott's girlfriend.

A friend of the girlfriend answered at the residence and told detectives they had seen Elliott two hours prior at Bumblebee Park in Gladewater wearing all black clothing. According to the warrant, the friend also told detectives that Elliott had made comments about killing someone to his girlfriend. Elliott's girlfriend did not make any claims against Elliott's statements at that time.

Detectives found Elliott a short time later at the park playing basketball. According to the warrant, Elliott agreed to go to the Gladewater Police Department to answer some questions. The warrant stated that during questioning, detectives observed a cut or scratch on one of Elliott's fingers and what appeared to be blood on the flap of one of his shoes, as well as an abrasion on one of his knuckles.

After becoming agitated with answering questions, Elliott, who was not under arrest at that time, asked to leave the station, according to the warrant. As he was walking outside of the police station, Elliot passed a sergeant who was investigating the case. The detective was on the phone with Elliott's girlfriend. The warrant stated that Elliott got near the detective, and the detective asked the woman over the phone if Elliott had killed somebody, to which she replied,

"Yes."

Elliott was detained right there outside the police department.

Elliott's girlfriend later told detectives in a conversation which was digitally recorded that Elliott had been acting strange and saying, "God told him he needed to kill somebody, and it was the only way he was going to get his blessings," the warrant stated.

According to the warrant, the woman told detectives that Elliott came to her house and told her he had killed someone. She said she didn't believe him, so he showed her a picture. She described the picture and told them what the woman was wearing and other details which linked Elliott back to Smith.

She said Elliott told her he was talking to the woman outside, and they had words after he asked Smith if he was bothering her. Smith went into the house saying she was going to call the police. Elliott followed her inside, hit her and then grabbed a knife and stabbed her, according to Elliott's girlfriend. She said Elliott then demonstrated to his her how he did it in a slicing motion, according to the warrant.

Elliott was arrested on a murder warrant on May 4 and booked into the Gregg County Jail on $500,000 bond.

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