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Slain retired police officer feared son would kill her

Gavin Smith-Brown has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

Posted: Jul. 16, 2018 3:58 PM

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Newly available court documents provide details about last month's killing of a retired policewoman in Central Oregon.

The body of Gayla Smith was found wrapped in blankets in her Crooked River Ranch home. Police arrested her adult son, 29-year-old Gavin Smith-Brown.

The Bulletin newspaper reports that the case against Gavin Smith-Brown includes testimony from Smith's friends, relatives and neighbors, who described his increasingly erratic and threatening behavior toward his mother, and her growing fear of him.

It also includes a year's worth of police reports from domestic disturbance calls, all of which the mother initiated.

Smith-Brown has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge. His attorneys declined comment.

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