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Boyfriend charged in the murder of his girlfriend

By Christopher Edmunds

The Selma Times-Journal


Eric King Jr., 21, was arrested Sunday and charged with murder for allegedly shooting his girlfriend, Jonika Smith, 25, after an apparent argument at King’s home in Sprott.

eric_king_webDistrict Attorney Michael Jackson said Smith was shot with a pistol late Sunday afternoon.

Following the shooting, Smith was transported by car to Vaughn Regional Medical Center, where she was declared dead.

King is currently being held at the Perry County Jail and will be arraigned in Perry County district court. King’s bond was set at $1 million.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.

“It was a messy, violent situation that turned fatal,” Jackson said. “The victim was a very well-liked person.”

Smith was a graduate of Francis Marion High School and Marion Military Institute.