NAUVOO - A home invasion occurring at a wood frame residence on County Road 21 in the Poplar Springs area south of Double Springs, has left one of the two intruders dead of gunshot wounds, and the second intruder facing robbery charges.
Found dead after suffering three gunshot wounds was Jason Wayne Smith, 40, of 35 Castle Village Circle, Jasper, according to Winston County Sheriff's Investigator Jacob Eward,
The second intruder, who came after Smith into the residence during the home invasion, was Donald Webb Jr., 27, of 1501 Brakefield Dairy Road, Jasper, who has been charged with first degree robbery for his role in the incident, Eward stated.
Webb was transported to the Winston County Jail, Double Springs, but has since been released after posting a $30,000 bond, according to Sheriff's officials.
There could be more charges pending against Webb, Eward noted.
Smith was reportedly the first intruder to approach the residence, assaulting a male subject on the porch by striking him in the eye with a gun, then entering the home while discharging a firearm, Sheriff's officials said.
A male subject, who was inside a bedroom with his girlfriend, reportedly hearing the gunfire, armed himself and, when Smith kicked in the bedroom and began discharging a firearm, the male occupant fired five shots, three of which struck Smith, who fell backward into the hallway area, according to Eward.
Webb, who had approached the residence behind Smith, had picked up the male subject from the porch and forced him into the house, Eward added.
When Webb, who was not believed to be armed, saw Smith lying on the floor, he fled the residence and left by vehicle, according to investigators.
*DISCLAIMER: When a defendant is charged with a crime, the charge is merely an accusation until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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