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Saturday
Dec042010

Doubts Raised About Suspect in Murder of Hollywood Publicist

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Neighbors of Harold Martin Smith, the "person of interest" in the Ronni Chasen murder who committed suicide when confronted by the police on Wednesday, find it hard to believe the man they describe as "paranoid," who rode around on a bicycle, could be a professional killer. Smith, who neighbors say bragged about killing Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, shot himself fatally, spraying blood all over the lobby of the Harvey Apartments in Hollywood. The grisly crime scene is now the epicenter of what is becoming one of the great Hollywood murder mysteries.

Smith was identified by police as a "person of interest" in the Chasen murder, but authorities refused to comment further on how they suspected him to be involved. Police are conducting ballistics tests to see if the gun used in the suicide of a man known to his neighbors as "Harold" is the same gun used to kill Chasen. He reportedly told neighbors that he was expecting a big payoff for killing Chasen.

Chasen, 64, who represented A-list movie stars and promoted some of Hollywood's top films, was driving home on Oct. 9 after attending the premiere party for the movie Burlesque when she was gunned down.

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