Second person charged with murder in deadly Flora robbery

Police say they lured a Lafayette man to Flora early Wednesday with a dating app, offering a sexual encounter for $80, then beat him to death with a baseball bat and stole his money.

Posted: Jun 22, 2021 3:53 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2021 6:22 PM

FLORA, Ind. (WLFI)  — A second person was charged in connection to a robbery and brutal beating of a Lafayette man in Flora.

Shianne Brooks-Brown, 24, was arrested late Monday and formally charged Tuesday on counts of robbery and murder.

As News 18 previously reported, Tyrone Leftridge, 22, had already been charged with robbery, murder and aggravated assault.

Police say they lured Willie Smith, 55, to Flora early Wednesday with a dating app, staged a fake sexual encounter for $80, then beat him to death with a baseball bat and stole his money.

A receipt found near the scene suggests Smith withdrew $120 from a Lafayette ATM earlier that morning.

His daughter, Jannette Smith, spoke with News 18 about the aftermath of the brutal attack.

"Someone did this," she said, recalling a phone call with a doctor in Indianapolis. "Someone hit him in the head with the bat and you need to get here."

Jannette Smith was in Mexico celebrating her sister's college graduation when she answered the early-morning call last week.

"Immediately, I thought that his kidneys failed again because he does have stage five renal kidney failure, which is a terminal illness," she said.

But an autopsy shows her father died from blunt force trauma to his head. His daughter shared pictures of the traumatic injuries to a now-viral Facebook post.

"It hurt me to do that but I want people to see what these people did to him for $120," she said.

"When someone has a family, they should not have to die alone," she continued. "And he died alone. And that really messed me up."

Smith was awaiting a kidney transplant when he was killed. His daughter says he was able to provide a gift he never received himself.

"He was on the donor list and because of that I went ahead and donated a few of his organs, so he's still a hero," she said. "He actually saved two lives on Father's Day ... On Father's Day, he gave one lung and his liver to two recipients."

The family's next move is to formally to identify Smith's body, which his daughter fears will leave permanent scars.

"Because of how horrific he's going to look because of what they've done to him," she said.

Smith was found inside a home in the 100 block of East Clem Street in Flora. Police are not releasing the location of the attack and investigators aren't ruling out further arrests.

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