Pair pleads not guilty in WVU student’s murder

Shaundarius Reeder

MORGANTOWN – Two men indicted for killing a West Virginia University student have pleaded not guilty.

Terrell Linear, 21, and Shaudarious Reeder, 20, were arraigned Tuesday on first-degree murder charges. The pair was indicted for killing Eric Smith, 21, a WVU student from New Jersey. In February, Smith was found shot to death in the hallway of his College Park Apartments residence.

According to the criminal complaint, Linear told investigators he pounded on doors in the hallway “so people could watch” him kill the victim.

The criminal complaint says all three arrived at the College Park Apartments in the same vehicle when a fight broke out in the parking lot. Smith ran into the building and was chased by the two suspects.

Tyrell Linear

Linear and Reeder went back to the car to get two handguns and detectives say surviellance footage shows both men going back into the apartment hallway with guns.

The footage showed the pair fleeing the area less than one minute later.