Roommate accused of killing woman in SW Houston

By Erica Young - News Producer
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Dereck Labrock Smith, 59, is accused of shooting and killing his roommate.

HOUSTON - Houston police investigating the shooting death of a woman in southwest Houston have arrested and charged her roommate.

Officers responded to the home at 5607 Trafalgar Drive early Sunday morning just after midnight.

The 44-year-old victim and the suspect, Dereck Labrock Smith, 59, lived together at the home.

According to investigators, the two began to argue and that's when Smith allegedly got a rifle and shot the woman once. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators have not yet released the victim's name, pending notification of family.

Smith is charged with murder.  

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