MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The U.S. Marshals Service is asking for the public’s help in locating a Memphis man who is wanted in Tennessee for first-degree murder and criminal attempt first-degree murder.
Robert Lee King, 49, who was added to the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list of fugitives in May 2009, allegedly murdered his girlfriend Dorothy Smith and attempted to murder her 20-year-old daughter Diana Dec. 1, 2005.
Diana Smith said she was awakened by an argument between her mother and King at 4 a.m., went to her mother's bedroom and witnessed King standing over and striking her mother. She ran from the room to call for help, but says King chased after her. She tried to lock herself in her bedroom, but King broke through the door, attacked her with a sharp object and cut her neck. King then fled from the home.
After King left the house, Diana Smith went to check on her mother and found her lying on the bedroom floor, bleeding profusely from a cut on her neck. When rescue personnel arrived, Dorothy Smith was pronounced dead at the scene and her daughter was transported to the hospital in critical condition. She was later able to identify King in a photo lineup as the man who attacked her and her mother.
Diana Smith has made a full recovery and continues to assist law enforcement in the pursuit of King.
A $25,000 reward is offered for information leading directly to King's arrest. Anyone with information regarding King's location is asked to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office, call the U.S. Marshals 24-hour hotline at 1-800-366-0102 or send a tip to firstname.lastname@example.org