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Chasen Murder 'Person of Interest' Threatened to Kill

12/3/2010 6:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained a mug shot of Harold Martin Smith -- the "person of interest" in the Ronni Chasen murder case -- and we've learned he had an open criminal case where the victim alleged Smith threatened to kill her husband.

Ronni Chasen and Harold Martin Smith
Smith -- seen here in a 2009 mug shot taken in connection with an Oregon case -- was arrested by the Manhattan Beach Police Department, also in 2009, for prowling and marijuana possession. Smith pled guilty and served 30 days in jail -- but was a no-show for a related court hearing, so an arrest warrant was issued.

The victim tells TMZ Smith was going house to house in Manhattan Beach trying to break in, and she saw him enter her backyard and then try to enter her house through the back door. The victim says her husband confronted him and he angrily responded, "I'm going to kill you."  The couple called the cops and Smith was arrested.

As we first reported ... although Smith is a "person of interest" in the Chasen murder, detectives believe he may not have been involved, and shot himself because he believed he was going to be arrested and sent back to prison for several burglaries in his neighborhood.


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Good riddance. Piece of human garbage.

1398 days ago


PTL, justice was served.

1398 days ago


Guess who also has the name 'Martin Smith'!!! CHARLES MARTIN SMITH!!!! Yayyyyyy! You know...American Graffiti, Never Cry Wolf!

He got stiffed on an Oscar by the way.

1398 days ago


No matter the reason it's one less s***bag for the rest of society to deal with!

1398 days ago


RoadRage? No tire marks, no shouting heard. Shots were so tightly grouped that a cool, calm demeanor is suspected. No rubber left on the road as he peeled away angrily. No shells left at scene so he probably used a revolver. Use Hollow Point ammo. This small time crook with a cut and a yard on his record loses his temper when confronted by a homeowner ... how could he keep his temper and group his shots so well?

But blabbing about himself? No, doesn't sound like a contract killer would blab so much. Besides, the killer would have to have been driving around in a ritzy car because he would want to avoid drawing attention to himself.

1398 days ago

dan hop    

It's Cuba Gooding, Jr!!!

1398 days ago


Five shots in the chest is not road rage. It's a hit by someone who doesn't have the skill to use one shot. It's personal but this is not NY.

One last comment. To state on the TMZ Live broadcast that a woman you've never even met has a temper on the road is a stunning lack of judgment. Harvey has no solid evidence or first hand knowledge she had a temper on the road. And sadly, she's dead and cannot respond to him.

1398 days ago

TMZ dont like me    

TreeMileZune, the main reason you probably thought it was a white guy is because he had a really normal-ass name. Now if his name was something like, LeBron Montel Vontavious Tyrone Green, then it woulda been a different story....

1398 days ago


Seems he would be a prowler, which might make sense in the Chasen death because it occured late at night in a wealthy neighborhood. But Chasen was an aggressive driver and that would make it unlikely for her to stop for any reason.

1398 days ago


Why can't TMZ figure out why the police wanted to question this guy in the first place? How can the find out through "sources" that the cops do not think this guy was involved but do not know why they DID think he was involved. Were they just interviewing every criminal in the 5 mile radius?

1398 days ago


The commenter on race has a point. Give me one proven example a black person has ever murdered someone. African American needs to be excluded in any roundup up suspects. At the very least, it's an insult to blacks whenever a suspect with a black sounding name is a person of interest in a crime! As a white person, I ought to be ashamed of myself. The idea that whites, blacks and other races can commit these crimes, when anyone in their right mind knows it's white people, needs to get reevaluated.

1398 days ago

Room Monitor    

Hit men do not commit suicide.

This guy has nothing to do with Ronni Chasen IMO.

1398 days ago

Street Smart    

Hit men do not commit suicide.

1398 days ago


i dont get it. why was he a "person of interest" in the first place?

1398 days ago

He's Crap    

Good. More room for actual humans. RIP, Ronni Chasen.

1398 days ago
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