Murder victim, suspect may have been friends
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A friendship gone horribly wrong. Micheal Smith, whose body was found in a Monkey Junction parking lot may have been friends with his accused killer Charles Saliba.

According to search warrants, Smith and Saliba saw each other the night before Smith's body was found.

The court documents say that Smith's girlfriend Tabitha Hall was with Smith the night before his murder, when he told her he was going to see "Charlie," who was later identified as Saliba. Hall said that Smith and "Charlie" were friends and hung out together.

According to the court documents, Smith's body was found last Thursday morning in the front passenger seat of a 1998 Mercury Mystique belonging to Hall.

The car was parked outside of a Blockbuster on South College Road.

Smith had two gun shot wounds, one to the left side of his head and the other to his chest. Detectives found a .22-caliber bullet casing beside Smith's body and a debit card belonging to Lisa Vivola.

According to court documents, Vivola says Smith called her last Wednesday, asking if she wanted to buy some prescription drugs.

When Smith showed up, Vivola gave him her debit card, but he never returned with the pills.

Warrants say after investigating Smith's cell phone records, detectives found a call was made to his alleged killer, Charles Saliba, last Wednesday night.

The warrants say that after searching Saliba's car and home, detectives found several plastic bags with prescription medications, multiple syringes and what appeared to be used heroin bags.

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There doesnt need to be a motive first of all.. and who care's if he had a heart.. a killer is a killer and it doesnt matter about the drug.. i knew "Smith" personally and i dont think everyone on here know's what there talking about!!

I know Charlie or I guess I should say I knew him. I haven't seen him in a few years. I know he's a screw up and has had drug problems most of his adult life. Of the over 30 arrests the news is reporting are in his record I would like to know are any of them for anything violent? I have never known charlie to physically hurt anyone. The boy has a drug problem but when I knew him he had a good heart. If he is now a murderer I'd like to know why. What was his motive?

I THINK SALIBA COULD BE COREY VANNS MURDERER ?????? 22 bullets were used in both ..saliba lived on river rd at the campground ...

I don't think "friends" is the correct term for this relationship. Friends don't kill you, drug buddies do.

Hate to break it to you, Das, but every time a married woman is murdered, the first suspect is the husband. In fact, in more than 75% of homicides in this country, the victim is familiar or intimate with their murderer. And the drug most often associated with murder is 100% percent legal; alcohol.

I am aware that most murders are committed by people who knew the victim as in this case. Whats your point? I said they knew each other, thats obvious from the article. I also know they both had drug records..... Birds of a feather.

No woman was murdered. It was a man supposedly murdered by an acquaintance who BOTH have drug arrest records. What are you talking about Willis?

The affadavits say that Smith's girlfriend Tabitha Hall was with Smith the night before his murder, when he told her he was going to see "Charlie," who was later identified as Saliba. Hall said that Smith and "Charlie" were friends and hung out together..........According to the affadavits, Smith's body was found the morning of March 24 in the front passenger seat of a 1998 Mercury Mystique belonging to his Hall........?????????????????????????????????..my understanding was that smiths body was found at the monkey junction blockbuster video in smiths car which is a honda ..14 hrs after the murder was committed and was called in by a concerned citizen which was what the DA ben david stated in an interview ...

My husband and I were in the parking lot that morning and the car he was in was not a Honda...

Mamma said: "Be carefull who you spend time with, my son. You are known by your friends" She also said: "A shot to the head ends all arguments."

Mamma was Bonnie- of Bonnie and Clyde fame.