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Complaint: Attempted murder suspect ‘received signal’ to try and kill 77-year-old

Duane Smith Jr

The man accused of trying to kill a 77-year-old near Polk County says voices in his head told him to do it.

That is according to the criminal complaint filed in Polk County Court on Monday.

That complaint goes on to say, Duane Smith Jr., 32, helped the victim move wood onto his deck.

That is when Smith told authorities he "received a signal" he needed to strike the victim in the back of the head, so he threw a can of Pepsi at him.

Smith said he and the victim wrestled a little bit before he started hitting the victim with a piece of wood.

According to the complaint, Smith then went to the kitchen to get a towel to help stop the bleeding. While he was in the kitchen he grabbed a knife which he ran across the victim's neck.

Smith told authorities he knew hitting the victim didn't work and he wanted to end it as quickly as possible.

A deputy asked Smith if his intention was to kill the man and he said, "yes."

Smith was charged last month with criminal damage to property and criminal trespass, both misdemeanors, from a separate case. He was out on bond when this latest alleged incident took place.

Smith is now being held on a $100,000 cash bond.

If convicted on all three counts, Smith could spend the next 66 years and nine months in prison.

POLK COUNTY (WQOW) - A Glenwood City man is behind bars for allegedly trying to kill a 77-year-old on Friday evening.

It happened at a rural Clear Lake address at 6:09 p.m. on September 25.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the 77-year-old victim had "blunt-force trauma" and "edged weapon wounds."

Authorities say the victim was able to fight off the suspect, Duane Smith Jr., 32, with a shotgun. The victim fired one shot but didn't hit Smith.

The sheriff's office says Smith, from Glenwood City, was believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance. They say he took off after the alleged attack.

Smith was quickly found and taken into custody.

The victim was flown to Regions Hospital and is in stable condition.

Formal charges have not been filed as of publishing.

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