Yvette Smith was 47 years old, the identical twin sister and best friend of Yvonne and a devoted mother of two sons. On the night of February 16, 2014, Yvette, trying to be a peacemaker, called 911 during a dispute between two men. That call ended with Yvette being shot on the doorstep of her friend’s house by a Bastrop County, Texas, police deputy who responded to the call.
The white deputy ordered Yvette to come outside. As soon as she opened the door as instructed, the deputy fired, within three seconds. He shot Yvette twice, using his personal AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. During his trial, the deputy claimed in his defense that he thought he saw a gun. This is a tiresome claim that has been used in countless senseless murders.
Not surprisingly, following a trial, the deputy was acquitted of the murder charge. Bastrop County settled a civil lawsuit brought by the family for $1.2 million.