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Norton man arrested in Lee County murder

Staff Report

NORTON — A 24-year-old Norton man has been arrested in connection with an Aug. 28 murder in Lee County.

Virginia State Police and Norton City authorities arrested Leon Taylor Smith Friday on a charge of first-degree murder, according to VSP spokeswoman Corinne Geller. Smith is being held at Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield.

A 2004 Toyota Avalon sought in connection with the murder was located in Norton the day after the murder. Police said at the time they had questioned an individual to determine whether he was connected to the homicide. They have not said whether Smith was the man questioned.

Lee David Lipps, 34, of Pennington Gap, was found murdered outside a Pennington Gap residence when authorities responded to a shots fired call around 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28.

The investigation is continuing.

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