Police investigate weekend homicide

A homicide investigation is underway after a weekend stabbing left a 34-year-old Denton man dead.

Gainesville police said officers were dispatched at 9:12 p.m. Friday to the 700 block of Harvey Street in regards to a stabbing and upon arrival, discovered Johnny Terrell Smith seriously wounded.

He was transported to North Texas Medical Center before he was airlifted to Plano for further treatment, but died from his injury, according a news release issued Sunday from the Gainesville police.

Victor Manuel Martinez, 43, was taken into custody Sunday in connection with Smith’s death, officials said. He is currently being held on a murder charge.

Police said investigators are still talking to witnesses to determine the motive for the stabbing death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gainesville Police Department at 940-668-7777 or on Facebook Facebook.com/GTPolice. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Tips Hotline at 940-612-0000.

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