Sentencing hearing begins for woman who killed 2 men over dice game

Olishea Lawshawn Smith. (Police photo)
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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The sentencing hearing for a Waco woman who pleaded guilty 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 will resume on Dec. 3 after testimony began on Thursday.

Olishea Lawshawn Smith, 30, of Waco could be sentenced as much as life in prison on each count.

She pleaded guilty in June in state district court in Belton.

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.