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Chasen Murder: Suspect Connected, Not Road Rage

12/8/2010 7:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... police investigating the murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen have linked Harold Smith to her death -- but it was NOT road rage.

Ronni Chasen Murder

As TMZ first reported last week, Beverly Hills police detectives believed if Smith was involved it was probably road rage and not a murder-for-hire. We now know cops have ruled out road rage as the motive.

Police have connected the gun Smith used to kill himself last week to the Chasen murder.

We're told the Beverly Hills Police Chief's news conference at 3PM PST will connect Smith to the murder, but the investigation is not wrapped up.

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Echo    

I don't understand why the bullets matching would rule out the specific cause such as road rage?

1384 days ago
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Sydney    

Bev Hills PD just wants to close the case so this guy's a convenient scapegoat. Just like the guy who was found guilty of CHANDRA LEVY'S murder last week, without ANY evidence. It's not over.

1384 days ago
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DizzKid    

It's a bigger scheme than what the LAPD is making it out too be. Honestly, they 9-10 still don't know anything. If the LAPD can take their heads out there asses for once, and actually take more time, and review the evidence. They would get the master mind behind it all. Unfortunately we aren't dealing with the feds, but instead dealing with one of worst police force in the US. Ah well...

1384 days ago
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B Real    

If he was trying to rob her, then why was the passenger side shot through? Wouldn't he be approaching a driver on the drivers side?

Nice job, Beverly Hills cops. You've just shown everyone that you are on the take, and that your investigations aren't worth the payoff money you guys are getting to make this go away.

1384 days ago
20.

LA Sucks    

To be honest, this lady is a part of why LA is a shallow, steaming mexican dookie, second-world city, and I hope many more like her meet this end.
She looked like everybody else, pulled back, zipper scalp. 6.1 million? As old as that hag was, you would think she had piled up a bit more, kind of a cheap sewering pumping whore! Good job Dirty Harry! Ya wacky negro!
One less car, and once less bike on the streets!!

1384 days ago
21.

MikeB    

First it's "the ballistics don't match the gun" and now they do? Come on! Do they think people don't remember the first reports? Fishy, fishy, fishy!

1383 days ago
22.

Anna    

How about....
the person who hit Ronnie Chasen then arranged for Smith to be shot with the same gun-Smith has a previous record so he's perfect and he's known to the authorities and therefore easily traceable and easy to set up. Probably noone powerful cares about him and now he's dead and can tell no tales

Why shoot the lady whilst she's driving? Just shoot the tyre and she will have to pull over and get out.

Maybe the informant is just looking for a payout....and probably the evil niece who got stripped out of the will ordered all of this ...she is the one whodunnit...

(And the victim isn't Ronnie Chasen but really Veronica Cohen....so maybe some hidden life...)

RIP poor Ms Chasen.. no disrespect.... but I could see **** Van Dyke around the corner...

Actually I was thinking of holidaying in this area -its in the news so much in my country-it looks so sunny and interesting histories- so many good deals right now offered with hotels and flights combined...but then I thought OMG what kind of a place is this that you can get shot in your car in the nicest district...its bad enough that you can't just walk everywhere safely and look around like a tourist ....and so many poor desperate people...in such a rich place...and I shut my wallet. I booked for Greece.

So maybe theres a bit of pressure from businesses and Arnie to wrap this all up very quickly....

1383 days ago
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