Washington Ė The U.S. Marshals Service is asking for
the publicís help in locating a Memphis man who is wanted in Tennessee for
first-degree murder and criminal attempt first-degree murder.
Robert Lee King, 49, who was added to the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list of
fugitives in May 2009, allegedly murdered his girlfriend Dorothy Smith and
attempted to murder her 20-year-old daughter Diana Dec. 1, 2005.
Diana Smith said she was awakened by an argument between her mother and King at
4 a.m., went to her mother's bedroom and witnessed King standing over and
striking her mother. She ran from the room to call for help, but says King
chased after her. She tried to lock herself in her bedroom, but King broke
through the door, attacked her with a sharp object and cut her neck. King then
fled from the home.
After King left the house, Diana Smith went to check on her mother and found her
lying on the bedroom floor, bleeding profusely from a cut on her neck. When
rescue personnel arrived, Dorothy Smith was pronounced dead at the scene and her
daughter was transported to the hospital in critical condition. She was later
able to identify King in a photo lineup as the man who attacked her and her
Diana Smith has made a full recovery and continues to assist law enforcement in
the pursuit of King.
King is a black male, 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 185 pounds. He has black
hair, brown eyes and medium skin tone. His wanted poster can be found here:
A $25,000 reward is offered for information leading
directly to King's arrest. Anyone with information regarding King's location is
asked to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office, call the U.S. Marshals
24-hour hotline at 1-800-366-0102 or send a tip to
information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at
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