Before his death, Smith made the drive daily from his home in Gwinnett County to visit family in Cobb County, Stitley said. From Cobb, Smith would often drive to Villa Rica to visit his girlfriend.
But on Thursday, May 2, Stitley said goodbye to her father for the last time. When she and her sister hadn’t heard from Smith by Sunday, the family called police. Collins and Cook, Stitley said, appeared to be as worried as others about Smith’s whereabouts.
Two days later, police located Smith’s abandoned truck, with his body still inside. Investigators believe that after killing Smith, Collins and Cook took the man’s money and went shopping.
Trial dates have not yet been set for Collins and Cook.