McDONOUGH — A man suspected in a double murder in Connecticut who was recently seen in McDonough has turned himself in to police without incident.
According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Russell Smith, 44, of Windsor, Conn., gave up to authorities Thursday morning at about 7 a.m., ending a nationwide manhunt. The Marshals Service had issued a lookout for Smith on Aug. 3 stating he was last seen in McDonough on July 31 and posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. That same day, the Marshals were contacted by associates and friends on Smith’s behalf for him to surrender.
Smith is suspected in the Feb. 22 murder of two brothers outside a bar in Bloomfield, Conn. Smith is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Aaron Walker, 43, and Franklin Spencer, 42. Smith’s bond has been set at $5 million.
According to news reports, Smith knew the two victims before he allegedly shot them at about 1 a.m. outside Elizabeth’s Bar & Restaurant. Smith was allegedly carjacked by the pair on Nov. 5, 2008.