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Cops Set to Close Investigation of Hollywood Publicist's Murder

  • Ronni Sue Chasen

    Ronni Sue Chasen  (AP)

  • Nov. 16: A utility worker examines the site of the crash where Chasen was found inside her vehicle shot several times in the chest and killed, afterward crashing into this light pole (AP).

    Nov. 16: A utility worker examines the site of the crash where Chasen was found inside her vehicle shot several times in the chest and killed, afterward crashing into this light pole (AP).

Investigators looking into the fatal shooting of a prominent Hollywood publicist are preparing to close the case.

Beverly Hills police Chief David Snowden tells The Hollywood Reporter in a story posted on its website Wednesday that police will formally close the investigation next week.

Snowden says the final ballistics report confirm previous findings that a gun used in 43-year-old Harold Martin Smith's suicide in December was the same one used to fatally shoot publicist Ronni Chasen on Nov. 16 as she drove home from a film premiere.

Investigators believe Smith, who has a long criminal record, shot the 64-year-old Chasen in an attempted robbery. Snowden says there is no additional evidence to review in the case.

Police had previously looked into the possibility that Chasen was targeted by a hit man.

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