Harold Martin Smith
Police say the slaying of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen has been solved after reviewing evidence that shows an ex-con acted alone in gunning her down.
The Beverly Hills police chief says the final ballistics report confirms that an ex-con killed Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen.
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charles Beck wants skeptics of the Ronni Chase murder investigation to be patient because “it’ll make more sense to a lot of people once it’s all put into context.”
A Beverly Hills family considers themselves lucky that they didn’t seemingly meet up with the same fate as murdered publicist Ronni Chasen.
A law enforcement official says a gun used by a man to kill himself as police tried to talk to him about the slaying of a Hollywood publicist was likely not the weapon used in the high-profile slaying.
Police still don’t know whether Harold Martin Smith – a “person of interest” in the Ronni Chasen case – had anything to do with the killing, but sources tell CBS2/KCAL9 that preliminary ballistic tests show the gun Smith used to take his own life did not match the one used to kill Chasen.
Documents reveal that Harold Martin Smith, who acquaintances say had boasted of killing Chasen for money, was a convicted felon with a long criminal history.