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A man who police arrested for a recent hotel homicide allegedly staged the crime scene to make the death look accidental and he faces additional charges for an armed robbery at another hotel on the same day.

Posted: May 14, 2021 5:51 PM
Updated: May 18, 2021 12:42 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — A man who police arrested for a recent hotel homicide allegedly staged the crime scene to make the death look accidental and he faces additional charges for an armed robbery at another hotel on the same day.

According to a probable cause affidavit, detectives with the Fort Wayne Police Department believe 34-year-old Terry Smith Jr killed 35-year-old Tiffany Ferris on Monday between 1:22 and 8:48 a.m. in a room at the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel on Coliseum Boulevard and made her death look like an overdose in the bathtub.

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Terry Smith Jr.

Ferris was found by officers who responded to a "problem unknown" call at the hotel Monday morning and after a witness reported finding her in the bathtub of his room.

Smith was identified by a witness in connection to an armed robbery involving two other people that took place around 9:30 a.m. that same day at Hawthorn Suites on Lima Road.

Smith reportedly told detectives that the woman, identified in court documents as a white blonde woman in her 20's, was with him and another suspect during the armed robbery at Hawthorn Suites and beforehand at the time Ferris died.

The woman alleges Smith was mad that Ferris was stealing and using his drugs.

She also said Smith began hitting Ferris in the head, standing on her neck and kicking her in the head.

Then she was reportedly told by Smith to tape up Ferris' arms and legs and then he held her head underwater in the bathtub until she was dead.

After Ferris was dead Smith allegedly told the woman who was with him that he was going to make the scene look like an overdose by placing drug paraphernalia in the bathroom and started burning the tape used.

Then Smith reportedly starting cutting up pieces of the carpet that had blood using scissors and also removed Ferris' clothes as he continued staging the scene of an overdose.

The two people who were with Smith left the room with him with the tape and blood-soaked carpet pieces then threw them out of the truck as they were driving down the road.

After being questioned by police while in custody, Smith alleges he had anything to do with the death of Ferris.

Smith is being held at the Allen County Jail pending an initial court hearing on charges of murder, robbery and criminal confinement.

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