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Two men charged with first-degree murder in killing of pizza delivery driver

 Donald Chad Smith

Donald Chad Smith

Two men are charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 shooting death of a pizza delivery driver who was working in Dartmouth, a crime police say was targeted.

Donald Chad Smith, a 27-year-old from Windsor Junction, was shot while making a pizza delivery on Joseph Young Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An employee at the pizza shop said Smith had only started his job a few days before being shot.

On Wednesday, police arrested three men in relation to the shooting, and after interviews with major crime investigators, Randy Desmond Riley of Dartmouth and Nathan Tremain Johnson of Cherry Brook were each charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 case.

“We do believe the victim and suspects were known to one another and it wasn’t a random incident,” said Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages.

The two men charged were both arrested on Wednesday morning. Around 1 p.m., police announced that another man – a 26-year-old former Dartmouth resident– had also been arrested outside the province.

Bourdages said that third man was released several hours after being questioned by investigators.

“At this time, no charges will be laid against him,” he said.

When asked what led to these arrests almost three years after Smith was gunned down, Bourdages said it was a “long and complicated” investigation that took time.

“We are pleased to bring the people responsible to justice,” he said.

Both men were being held in police custody overnight and are being arraigned at Dartmouth provincial court on Thursday morning.

Bourdages said more charges are possible in this case.

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