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Murder investigation

Thursday, February 20, 2003

A Brazil City Police car sets between 404 and 410 W. Kruzan St. Wednesday afternoon. Alvie Smith, Jr., 49, of 404 W. Kruzan St. (left) walked next door to a neighbor's house (right) shortly after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. He told Don Wilson, the neighbor in the house on the right, that he had just been stabbed. Wilson called emergency services for help. Smith was pronounced dead at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

The Brazil Police Department is investigating the stabbing death of Alvie Smith, Jr., 49, of 404 W. Kruzan St.

At approximately 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, police were advised of the stabbing by a neighbor, Don Wilson, 410 W. Kruzan St.

Wilson told The Times Smith walked from his home to the Wilson residence and said he had "just been stabbed.

"It's one heck of a way to wake up in the morning," Wilson said.

Wilson called 911 and an ambulance took Smith to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, where the victim was pronounced dead, Police Chief Terry Harrison said.

Smith was stabbed more than once in the upper body, Harrison said. Yet, police know of no one else in Smith's home when the stabbing occurred.

Smith had been married but the couple had been divorced for some time, Harrison said.

Wilson did not know Smith well, though the two had been neighbors since Wilson moved to the neighborhood about 18 months ago.

Another neighbor, Cindy Stantz, 404 N. Depot St., said Smith had lived at his address "for years and years."

"It's kind of scary," Stantz said. "You don't know what is going to happen next and there are a lot of vacant houses around here. You don't know if anything is going on in them."

No arrests have been made, nor have police said anything about a motive.

An autopsy is scheduled today.

Indiana State Police, Indiana Conservation Officers and the Clay County Sheriff's Department are assisting in the investigation.

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