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Police say Smith’s death accidental

DUBLIN — There was no foul play involved in the May death of New River Valley Regional Jail inmate Randall Lee Smith, according to Virginia State Police.
When he died, Smith was being held on charges of shooting two men on the Appalachian Trail in Giles County May 6. He was 54 years old.
According to State Police, an autopsy ruled Smith died as a result of complications from injuries he received in a wreck as he allegedly was fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle.
Smith was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. On May 9, he was released into the custody of the jail.
When a corrections officer delivered Smith’s dinner tray to the inmate’s cell just before 5 p.m. the next day, Smith was lying on his bunk unresponsive, police said. CPR was “immediately administered,” and Smith was transported to Pulaski Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A state medical examiner in Roanoke ruled the death “accidental,” according to State Police.
Smith was being held on two counts of attempted capital murder, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, grand larceny, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Smith was convicted in the early 1980s of killing two hikers on the Appalachian Trail. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in that case and was given two 15-year sentences. He was released from prison in 1996 after serving 14 years.

Police say Smith’s death accidental

DUBLIN — There was no foul play involved in the May death of New River Valley Regional Jail inmate Randall Lee Smith, according to Virginia State Police.
When he died, Smith was being held on charges of shooting two men on the Appalachian Trail in Giles County May 6. He was 54 years old.
According to State Police, an autopsy ruled Smith died as a result of complications from injuries he received in a wreck as he allegedly was fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle.
Smith was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. On May 9, he was released into the custody of the jail.
When a corrections officer delivered Smith’s dinner tray to the inmate’s cell just before 5 p.m. the next day, Smith was lying on his bunk unresponsive, police said. CPR was “immediately administered,” and Smith was transported to Pulaski Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A state medical examiner in Roanoke ruled the death “accidental,” according to State Police.
Smith was being held on two counts of attempted capital murder, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, grand larceny, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Smith was convicted in the early 1980s of killing two hikers on the Appalachian Trail. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in that case and was given two 15-year sentences. He was released from prison in 1996 after serving 14 years.