Man arrested for murder in Paulding County

February 11th, 2022 – 4:20 PM

Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Press Release –

32-Yr-Old Justin Blane Smart

Paulding Deputies and Detectives have made an arrest in connection to a murder that occurred this past weekend on Old Locklear Road which is located in northwest Paulding County.

At approximately 11:39 PM on February 5th, 2022, Paulding E-911 received a call from individuals located at 258 Old Locklear Road in Dallas GA, in reference to a female who had just been shot.

The complainant initially explained that the female victim had been shot by her brother and that they were both intoxicated. They further advised that bystanders on the scene were attempting life-saving measures.

Once Deputies arrived at 258 Old Locklear Road, it was determined that the victim, later identified as 35-year-old Shana Nicole Dover, had succumbed to injuries that were sustained by multiple gunshot wounds.

After further investigation, it was determined that the victim and suspect were not blood-related, but rather very close friends that refer to each other as brother and sister. Deputies were able to determine that some type of dispute occurred prior to their arrival and as a result, they arrested the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Justin Blane Smart, who was still at the residence.

Smart was charged with the below listed offenses:-Aggravated Assault (F)-Murder (F)Smart was subsequently transported to the Paulding County Jail where he is currently being held with no bond.

As the investigation continues, more charges are likely. If you have any information about this case, please feel free to contact the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Tip Line at (770) 443-3047.

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