Norman, OK – Donna Louise Riles, 36, was a hardworking single mother. She was a former foster parent and a daycare teacher who spent her time taking care of other people and not enough time taking care of herself. So when she went on a telephone chat line last weekend and met Tony Benae Smith, 26, Donna Riles thought she deserved a little down time with a charming guy. Except that charming guy wasn’t so charming after all. On Monday night, police say, Smith shot Riles twice in her bedroom and left her twelve year old daughter to clean up the mess.
Donna’s sister Audrey Phillips says that Riles met Smith Saturday through a telephone dating line. “She was lonely and just fell into the wrong hands.â€ Authorities say that Smith and Riles spent time together over the weekend, and that he was at Riles’ home on Monday. Other family has said they believe Riles and Smith first met via an internet dating service.
Phillips says that Riles’ daughter was upstairs in her room on Monday night when the shooter came in told the girl that “her mother was being selfish. He asked for a CD and the music was turned up real loud,â€ said Phillips. “That was unusual because Donna didn’t like loud music. And then [the daughter] heard the shots.â€
Phillips said the man asked Riles’ daughter to go with him, but she refused. He then took the keys and drove off in the Riles’ car. The daughter found her mother “sitting by the nightstand with blood coming downâ€ and immediately called 911, reporting that her mother had been shot in the head.
An hour later, an off-duty police officer working as a security guard in Oklahoma City spotted Smith walking near a hotel, carrying a gun. The officer called for backup and Smith was arrested, carrying the murder weapon – a .25-caliber revolver. Riles’ daughter identified Smith from a lineup. Smith denied knowing Riles, but said “he was going to die for his sins,” according to a police affidavit.
Smith has a fairly extensive criminal record in Texas for assault and “retaliation”, but had no record in Oklahoma. Authorities say Smith was a drifter, staying in hotels or with people he met. Smith is being held in Cleveland County on murder charges.Tags: