Search warrant reveals new details in apparent murder-suicide of Roy family

Posted at 4:24 PM, Jul 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-13 18:27:45-04

ROY, Utah — New details in an apparent murder-suicide of a Roy family revealed the wife was leaving her husband, according a search warrant released Monday.

On the evening of June 21, investigators write Roy City police officers were dispatched to a home where Russell and Shawna Smith lived with their two children, in the area of the 2100 West block of 4700 South, on a report of unknown trouble.

A woman called dispatch to report her 6-year-old niece Tylee Smith, bloody and believed her father had abused her, the warrant states.

The woman told dispatch her 2-year-old nephew Blake Smith and her sister-in-law were also in the house. She also indicated that she believed her brother, Russell Smith, was also in the house, the warrant reports.

“The complainant informed Dispatch that she believes the brother has been drinking tonight and has a gun inside the house,” the warrant states.

The woman said she hadn’t heard from Shawna Smith in a couple days, got worried and went to the house, according to the warrant.

“The complainant informed Dispatch that her sister-in-law was leaving her husband,” the warrant indicates.

When the woman arrived at the house with her boyfriend, the warrant states, they saw Tylee Smith bloody on the floor and she “didn’t dare go inside the house.” The woman’s boyfriend entered the residence and saw the girl bloody on the ground with her eyes open and wasn’t sure if she was conscious or breathing.

When Roy police officers arrived on scene and made entry into the home, the warrant states, they saw Tylee Smith lying on the floor of the living room.

The officer noticed the 6-year-old girl had a gunshot wound to the head.

As officers moved through the home, they discovered Shawna Smith dead in the bathroom.

In one of the bedrooms, the warrant indicates, officers found Blake Smith in his crib with a gunshot wound to the head.

Russell Smith was also found dead in the same room as the toddler. Police say it appeared Russell Smith’s wound looked to be self-inflicted.

A handgun was also located in the house.