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Closing arguments begin in fatal Chula Vista road rage case

Posted at 11:39 AM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 20:53:10-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (CNS) - Closing arguments began Tuesday in the murder trial of a delivery services worker accused of pulling a knife on another motorist and stabbing the father of five to death following a South Bay road-rage dispute.

Rickey Vernon Smith, 60, is accused in the Nov. 27, 2018, death of 36-year-old Horace Williams Jr., who Smith allegedly stabbed seven times following a run-in that ended near the Chula Vista Golf Course.

The behind-the-wheel altercation began on the morning of Nov. 27 and involved Williams allegedly throwing a soda cup at Smith's vehicle and Smith ramming Williams' minivan.

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Prosecutors allege that at some point, both vehicles stopped and Smith got out of his car, walked over to Williams' vehicle and punched him in the face before stabbing him.

Witnesses saw Williams get out of his van and collapse in the roadway, bleeding heavily. Paramedics took the victim to Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, where he was pronounced dead.

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Smith remains in custody on $2 million bail.