Local woman who killed 2 men over dice game sentenced to prison

Olishea Lawshawn Smith. (Police photo)
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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Olishea Lawshawn Smith, 30, of Waco, who pleaded guilty this summer to two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of two men who were killed in an argument over a dice game in March 2017 at a Harker Heights nightclub is headed to prison.

Smith was sentenced Monday to 35 years in prison after several days of testimony.

Smith has been held in the Bell County Jail since March 7, 2017 in lieu of bonds totaling $400,000.

Dexter Lamont Prather, 42, of Waco, and Damion Duane Hopkins, 27, of Colorado Springs, were shot to death early in the morning on March 4, 2017 Club Empire at 300 West Veterans Memorial Blvd.

The two victims were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the shooting stemmed from a fight that broke out inside the club over a dice game.

Based on witness accounts and surveillance video, investigators determined that “a woman wearing a distinctive colored dress (pulled) a handgun in the club and (fired) multiple rounds” before she fled.

Investigators were able to identify the woman as Smith and a witness picked her picture out of a photo array, the affidavit says.