Family Outraged After Lakisha Lampiley's Accused Killer Is Released

Ansel Smart was released Friday

View Comments ()



    Princess Lampiley said it's not right that Ansel Smart, who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of her sister Lakisha, was released from jail on Friday. She and her mother, Mary Lampiley, spoke about the case. (Published Friday, Dec. 7, 2012)

    Snapshots of Lakisha Lampiley's smiling face did little to wipe away her mother's outrage outside Miami-Dade court.

    On Friday her daughter's accused killer, Ansel Smart, was released – though he must come back for a new hearing in a few weeks.

    Man Arrested in Killing of Mother of 5: Miami Police

    [MI] Man Arrested in August Killing of Mother of 5: Miami Police
    A judge ordered Ansel Smart held on no bond on a charge of first-degree murder on Saturday. Smart, 20, briefly appeared in court. (Published Monday, Oct. 8, 2012)

    Smart was arrested Oct. 5 on a charge of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Lampiley, 25, who was a mother of five. A judge approved his release after state prosecutors announced they're not ready to file formal charges against him.

    “I want him to be in jail for what he did because he killed an innocent person,” said Princess Lampiley, who was with her sister the night she died. “That's not right, she left behind all her kids and she was innocent. I don't think that's right.”

    Family Seeks Public's Help as Killing of 25-Year-Old Mother Is Investigated

    [MI] Family Seeks Public's Help as Killing of 25-Year-Old Mother Is Investigated
    The family of a 25-year-old mother of five who was shot and killed after leaving a Miami nightclub sought the public help’s in the case Monday. Lakisha Lampiley was killed in a car after leaving Club Romance between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday, Miami Police said. Princess Lampiley told NBC 6 that her sister was in a hurry to leave the club. (Published Monday, Aug. 13, 2012)

    The Lampileys’ car was sprayed with bullets, after a night of partying in a northwest Miami-Dade club with friends and family.

    “She just wanted to have fun that night before her birthday. That little girl was gone before her birthday,” said her mother, Mary Lampiley.

    Smart's attorney said he is expected back in court on Dec. 14.

    Meantime, the Lampiley family begged the public to share any tips with police.

    “Anyone seen anything, please come forward, it's not fair,” one relative said.

    More Local News