LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The search for the man wanted for manslaughter in a Lubbock State School homicide is over. Doneil Smith, 38 turned himself into authorities Thursday morning.
The mentally handicapped victim's brother, David Nicholson, spent the morning filling out victim recovery forms for his brother Michael's funeral. "It's been pretty stressful," he said. Nicholson did receive some comfort knowing Smith, the man accused of body slamming his younger brother until he died, is now behind bars after law enforcement spent more than a week searching for him.
"His attorney brought him in, turned him over to the Sheriff's Office, and he was taken into the jail about 8:10 a.m.," said Lubbock Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy, Cody Scott.
"I'm glad he's finally in custody. Not knowing where he was at was a little concerning to us," said Nicholson. However, he worries the Lubbock District Attorney's Office will work out a plea deal with Smith. "I'd like to see Mr. Smith go to trial and receive a guilty finding by a jury," he said.
Nicholson would also like to see the District Attorney's Office prosecute other Lubbock State School employees he believes were involved in his brother's death. "We miss him. His life was very important to his family, and a lot of other people miss him as well. He was a human being," said Nicholson.
Nicholson appreciates support he's gotten from others with special needs family members. He hopes his brother's death can bring light to injustices the mentally handicapped face. "Do I believe he deliberately killed him? No, but I do believe he was physically abusing him until he died, and in my opinion that is a very serious offense," said Nicholson.
Smith's bond is set at $50,000 dollars.
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A former Lubbock State School employee is charged with manslaughter for the death of a resident.