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Michael Deroaknel Smith Jr.

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‘Rambo’ called ‘person of interest’ in quadruple homicide

A 26-year-old man injured while fleeing from officers Tuesday is considered a person of interest in last week’s murder of four people in Holly Hill.

But Michael “Rambo” Deroaknel Smith Jr. said in bond court Wednesday he had nothing to do with the slayings, which left two adults and two teens dead of gunshot wounds to the head.

An 8-year-old was shot and survived.

The Moncks Corner man was arrested Tuesday after he fled police during a chase that at times reached 100 miles per hour, according to officials.

He was denied bond on two charges of possession of a controlled substance and failure to stop for a blue light.

But First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe told the court Smith was also a person of interest in last week’s killings.

Pascoe stressed that investigators are only looking at Smith as a person of interest not a suspect.

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Smith said in court he had nothing to do with that – officials are mistaking him for someone else.

He said he fled from officers because he just got of jail and didn’t want to go back and had warrants wanted to pay off first.

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said the multiple homicide investigation has been non-stop since it was first called in July 15. This resulted in Smith being identified as a person of interest.

“We want to reassure the community we have been tracing out every new lead, interviewing anyone even remotely connected with it, including Mr. Smith,” he said. “We can’t rest until this is resolved.”

* This story has been corrected to reflect Smith's Orangeburg County charges.

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Gene Crider is an Orangeburg native. He has been reporting since 1992. Please contact him with story ideas at gcrider@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5570.

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