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Arkansas college student arrested in Texas triple murder

Justin Pharez Smith CBS affiliate KTHV

DALLAS - An Arkansas man has been arrested for allegedly shooting four people - killing three - in a possibly drug-related incident at a home in Texas, reports CBS DFW.

Twenty-one-year-old Justin Pharez Smith, of Pine Bluff, Ark., was taken into custody Sunday morning at a residence in Grand Prairie by members of the North Texas U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, according to the station. He is the suspect in Saturday's triple murder of 38-year-old Demarcus Black, 36-year-old Kimberly Montgomery and 21-year-old Tyteanna Lyahanee Brown in Oak Cliff, a suburb of Dallas.

CBS affiliate KTHV reports Smith is a junior at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.

Smith was taken into custody without incident Sunday, CBS DFW reports. He was transported to the Crimes Against Persons Division and interviewed by homicide detectives. During the interview, the suspect allegedly admitted his participation in the crime.

According to KTHV, Dallas police said Smith allegedly went to the home to conduct unspecified "business," and got into an argument that caused him to start shooting. In addition to the three fatalities, a fourth victim was shot in the head; police said she played possum until the suspect left. That victim was later taken to a hospital for treatment.

The suspect also allegedly shot at a fifth person, KTHV reports, and even tried to run him or her over with his car, but was unsuccessful.

Smith faces capital murder charges and is currently being held at the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. His bond is set at $1 million.

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