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Royalty charged in aunt's murder

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David Wayne Royalty. Source: Evansville Police Department David Wayne Royalty. Source: Evansville Police Department
Toni Smith. Source: Family member Toni Smith. Source: Family member

Evansville Police have made in arrest in connection with the overnight death of Toni Smith at an apartment on Michigan Street.

Police have arrested 45-year-old David Wayne Royalty and charged him with Murder and Robbery Resulting in Death.

Investigators believe Royalty, who is Smith's nephew, killed Smith in the apartment while her sister was asleep in another room.

The details linking ROYALTY to the murder are not being released at this time.

An initial examination of the victim by the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office showed multiple injuries that are believed to have caused Smith's death. They say Smith died of blood loss from a stab wound.

Royalty was listed as being AWOL from the Vanderburgh County Safe House after he was developed as a suspect.

Investigators determined he failed to return from the Community Corrections work release after signing out on the Thursday morning.

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