Travis Smith

Man gets life in illegal gambling house killing

A man will spend the rest of his life in jail after shooting and killing a man over money at an illegal gambling house.

Travis Smith, 37, was sentenced to life in prison with no parole after police say he shot and killed 24-year-old Cortez Dowell, according to a release from the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

Smith and Dowell were gambling about 3 a.m. at a southeast Atlanta home used as an illegal night club in July 2014.

The two men were arguing over who won the money when Smith pulled out a gun and shot Dowell multiple times in the chest, according to the release.

One witness told police she saw Smith walk from the house with a gun and overheard someone ask him why he shot Dowell.

Dowell was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

Smith was charged with murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and other charges.

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