Shannon Crawley, the woman who shot and killed Denita Smith eight years ago will be the chosen story for a Dateline episode on NBC tonight, according to yesterday’s Dateline preview. Fans have grown accustomed to the riveting true-crime stories that are often featured on the documentary show. The case of Shannon Crawley is one steeped in sex, mystery, betrayal, and a shocking murder. Anyone who knew Shannon Crawley believed that she was a woman with a lot going for herself. She was a smart and pretty woman who had cars and a home in her name. But, police say the single mother needed a man to make her life picture-perfect. She thought police officer Jermeir Stroud was that man. The two embarked on an intense sexual affair—one that left Shannon Crawley wanting more. To Jermeir Stroud, Shannon was nice and all, but the sex was the only thing that he wanted for her.
Besides, he already had a woman named Denita Smith, a pretty journalist-to-be that was really going places in life. Denita Smith was clean and wholesome, a woman without scandal.She was the kind of woman that he could take home to his mother. They had planned to be married, in fact on January 4, 2007, Denita Smith was headed to the bridal shop when she was suddenly killed as she stepped outside her apartment door in Durham, North Carolina. The woman responsible for her murder was Shannon Crawley. She was arrested and found guilty for the crime, according to ABC News-7.
What the public would soon learn was that Shannon Crawley wanted Jermeir all for herself, and the only way that it was possible, in her mind, was to kill Denita. The Denita Smith—Shannon Crawley case has been featured on Investigation Discovery’s Scorned, Oxygen’s Snapped, and TV One’s Fatal Attraction. For more details in the case, be sure to watch Dateline at 9/8 p.m. central on NBC. Below is Dateline NBC’s tease for tonight’s show.
“A beautiful, popular graduate student is shot dead outside her apartment in Durham, North Carolina. Who would want her dead – and why? Two hours after the murder, detectives get a lead from a 911 caller and discover the student’s fiancé may hold the key to solving the case.”