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Man found stabbed after crash; 60-year-old faces murder charge, DeLand police say

Victim stabbed multiple times outside convenience store, investigators say

Suspect: Mack Smith Jr., 60
Suspect: Mack Smith Jr., 60 (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights)

DeLAND, Fla. – One man is dead and another man was arrested on a murder charge in connection with a stabbing outside a DeLand convenience store, according to police.

Officers said they found Terrill Zimmerman, 39, stabbed multiple times after a car crashed in the lawn of a home near the intersection of South Clara and West Bedford avenues.

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Police said officers and EMTs performed lifesaving measures, but Zimmerman died on the way to the hospital.

Investigators discovered Zimmerman had been stabbed outside a convenience store on South Florida Avenue, according to a news release.

During the course of their investigation, officers said they identified Mack Smith Jr., 60, as a suspect and tracked him to a home near the store. Investigators said they executed a search warrant and found several pieces of evidence from the stabbing inside the man’s home, but Smith was not there.

Police found Smith a short time later and arrested him, records show.

Smith is jailed without bond while facing a second-degree murder charge.


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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.