Suspect's car found abandoned the night of killing

2009-07-22T00:00:00Z Suspect's car found abandoned the night of killingJEFF REINITZ, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO - Police said a resident found Jeffrey Duane Smith's car abandoned on Edwards Street the day after he allegedly shot and killed Tonyeah Jackson at a nightclub.

Authorities said a man opened fire on Jackson as he played pool at Club Crystyles on Logan Avenue at about 9:15 p.m. July 9, 2006.

Witnesses said the shooter then ran to a car and drove west on Edwards Street.

During Smith's murder trial Wednesday, a neighbor said she called police after spotting a suspicious Monte Carlo parked in front of her elderly mother's house on Edwards Street.

Officer Dustin Lindaman testified he ran the unoccupied car's license plates and determined it was registered to Smith.

Also taking the stand Wednesday was Billy Branch, who had lived in the apartment next to Smith's at the Russell Lamson Building in 2006.

Branch said Smith knocked on his door and asked about borrowing a friend's bicycle sometime between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on the night of the shooting.

Smith, according to Branch's account, then said he was leaving for good.

"He was kind of in a hurry, kind of out of character," Branch said. "He said he was out of here, and we could have whatever we wanted in there."

Smith suggested they break down his apartment door but then unlocked the door at Branch's request, Branch told jurors.

Branch said he helped himself to Smith's TV, a table, PlayStation and games. A friend who was with him took clothing.

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