Note: The following release was provided by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. – KtE

(Paulding County, GA)  Paulding Deputies and Detectives made an arrest in a murder that occurred this past weekend on Old Locklear Road which is located in northwest Paulding County. 

At approximately 11:39 PM on February 5, 2022, Paulding E-911 received a call from individuals located at 258 Old Locklear Road Dallas, GA 30132 reference a female who had just been shot. 

The complainant initially explained that the female victim had been shot by her brother and that they were both intoxicated.  They further advised that bystanders on scene were attempting life saving measures.

Once Deputies arrived at 258 Old Locklear Road, it was determined that the victim, later identified as Shana Nicole Dover W/F, 35 YOA, had succumbed to injuries which were sustained by multiple gunshot wounds.   

After further investigation, it was determined that the victim and suspect were not blood related, but rather very close friends that refer to each other as brother and sister. 

Deputies were able to determine that some type of dispute occurred prior to their arrival and as a result, they arrested the suspect, later identified as Justin Blane Smart, W/M, 32 YOA, who was still at the residence. 

Smart was charged with the below listed offenses:

  • Aggravated Assault (F)
  • Murder (F)

Smart was subsequently transported to the Paulding County Jail where he is currently being held with no bond. 

As the investigation continues, more charges are likely. 

If you have any information about this case, please feel free to contact the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Tip Line at (770) 443-3047 or via the Paulding Sheriff mobile app.

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