Tinder-related Blacksburg murder case will go before the grand jury

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) – A Montgomery County grand jury is about to investigate a second degree murder charge against a man who allegedly killed a man he matched up with on Tinder dating app.

At a preliminary hearing on September 23, 2021, a judge upheld the murder charge against Isimemen David Etute to a grand jury that will meet in October. The grand jury will decide whether Etute will be indicted in a district court.

Etute is accused of killing Jerry Smith on Memorial Day 2021.

Smith allegedly posed as “Angie” on Tinder and matched Etute on April 10th. The two had a sexual encounter.

Three Blacksburg Police detectives testified at the preliminary hearing, adding details of Etute’s encounter with Smith on May 31.

Witnesses testified that Etute’s May 31 visit was to determine whether Smith was a man or a woman. While he was in Smith’s apartment, Etute discovered that Jerry had posed as “Angie”. Allegedly, Etute slapped Jerry in the face and left the apartment without calling 911.

The detective described the scene and the defense revealed that a knife was found between the mattress and box spring of Smith’s bed.

Etute and Smith both had family and friends in the courtroom for the hearing. A close friend of Smith stormed out of the courtroom during the final testimony.

After the hearing, Smith’s family and friends waited outside the courthouse for Etute’s family, friends, and lawyer. Emotions escalated and there was a brief moment when a close family friend of Smith yelled, “He doesn’t deserve to die.”

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