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Road Rage Could Be Trigger in Publicist Murder

12/2/2010 9:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sources connected with the criminal probe into the Ronni Chasen murder tell TMZ Ronni had a temper and road rage is a scenario cops are seriously investigating.

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We're told cops are interested in the road rage theory as it relates to the suicide of the man last night who was the object of a search warrant connected to the murder.

TMZ has learned ... the man who shot himself in the head is HAROLD MARTIN SMITH.

Although there are reports Smith is a suspect in the murder of Ronni Chasen, we're told that label is based on LAPD sources, and the Beverly Hills PD is only considering him a person of interest.

Nevertheless, sources tell us the BHPD is actively investigating Smith to determine if he was in the Beverly Hills area the night of the murder.

And, we're told, as far as Smith goes, money was not the motive.  Although Smith talked about getting $10,000, we're told that was in connection with a civil lawsuit.

So far, we're told, there's no physical evidence linking Smith to the killing, but cops are actively investigating.


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Zippy T. Pinhead    

1st beeeeeaches

1235 days ago
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Quinn    

Road rage with 5 shots to the right chest & shoulder while in a moving vehicle ... with hollow point bullets. uh huh.

1235 days ago
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Annie     

Sounds like they are trying to wrap this up with no investigation....

1235 days ago
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SSinOC    

Yea, road rage my @ss. Sounds like it was a hit by a desperate guy who knew he was cornered?

1235 days ago
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JLS    

Clearly this was NOT road rage! Five shots to the chest is personal.

Someone wanted her dead for more than cutting them off on the road.

1235 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

What ever happened to the security footage from the Hackett estate?

1235 days ago
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SARA    

NO WAY it was not road rage. I feel insulted that they could even think that.

1235 days ago
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Annie     

"Sources connected with the criminal probe into the Ronni Chasen murder tell TMZ Ronni had a temper and road rage is a scenario cops are seriously investigating."
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If SHE was the one with at temper problem..why is she the one who is dead?

1235 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

The cameras just happened not to be working and she got 5 shots to the chest. Happens every day. Right!

1235 days ago
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Curious    

What ever happened to the security footage from the Hackett estate?

Posted at 4:34 PM on Dec 2, 2010 by Tellthetruth59
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Good question.
And if there was no physical evidence linking HMS to the scene, how did the cops get onto him?

1235 days ago
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Marilyn    

He was a blabber-mouth "hit man" bragging about his $10,000.
upcoming windfall for a job done.

1235 days ago
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Tammy    

Innocent people rarely shoot themself in the head, so I think he was involved. Now, given their only lead is dead, I smell cover-up

1235 days ago
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Curious    

So how come a week ago, the Beverly Hills PD were saying it was NOT road rage, or a gang initiation?

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/experts-ronni-chasens-murder-solvable-49086

1235 days ago
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Tammy    

"Sources connected with the criminal probe into the Ronni Chasen murder tell TMZ Ronni had a temper and road rage is a scenario cops are seriously investigating."
......

If SHE was the one with at temper problem..why is she the one who is dead?


Posted at 4:46 PM on Dec 2, 2010 by Annie

They're trying to imply that some good-natured hitman with hollow points bullets in his untracebale gun was just driving along, minding his own business of course, when she let her road rage out on him for some perceived wrong, so he just calmly shot her five times execution style and drove off, all the while knowing that there would be nothing typing him to this spontaneous crime. These cops are a joke!!

1235 days ago
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kickaboo    

Sounds like a cover-up. Why? A lot of dirtiness going on in LA. Nice blaming the victim and dead men tell no tales, do they?

1235 days ago
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