Client allegedly shot and killed by his own attorney

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A former inmate was shot and killed in a north Oklahoma City neighborhood, and investigators say his attorney is the one who pulled the trigger.

It happened in the 1000 block of N.W. 80th St.

Investigators say Attorney Jay Silvernail met with his client there.  Police say they got into an altercation and the attorney allegedly shot and killed his client.

We don’t know what sparked the incident.

Jay Silvernail told us today that he isn’t ready to talk about it.

Silvernail is the owner of Silvernail Law Firm. According to his website, the firm focuses on criminal defense, foreclosure defense, and probate services.

His client, David Scott Smith was a convicted felon. He was paroled about one year ago. According to court records, Smith spent more than two decades locked up for 1989 robbery charge out of Bryan County.

Police say the two met up because the victim was picking up property from Silvernail.

“Apparently the client, 54-year-old David Smith, became angry, began arguing and physically assaulting the attorney. The attorney was armed, he pulled out a gun and shot the victim,” said Jennifer Wardlow with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Smith died on the scene.  Silvernail is staying quiet about the shooting.

“At this point in the investigation, it does appear that this was a case of self-defense,” said Wardlow.

No charges have been filed against Silvernail.


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