Guilty Verdicts For 2 Men In Murder Of WSU Football Player Courtney Smith

DETROIT (WWJ) – He was a star Wayne State University football player – killed in front of a downtown Detroit nightclub. And now two years later the father of that athlete is finally seeing justice served.

Two men were found guilty Friday of murdering 20-year-old Courtney “Cortez” Smith in May of 2011.

Quentin King was convicted of first degree murder and Anton Blevins of second degree murder in the death of Smith.

Courtney Smith. (WSU)

Courtney Smith. (WSU)

The victim’s father Robbie Smith tells WWJ he always knew this day would come. But while waiting for justice to be served — the Smith family searched for closure.

“(Osama) bin Laden was killed three days before Courtney was – and I said if they can get him, they can get them,” said Smith. “So I wasn’t worried.”

“Holidays are hard, I have to drive the car (and) go past where he used to live at, I see his trophies downstairs and what I have to remember is that I’ll see him again.”

Detroit police say Cortez Smith was acting as a peace maker trying to break up a fight between the two men but King and Blevins then chased and fatally shot the 2010 Wayne Sate Defense Rookie of the Year.

“The wife, so resolved back to her faith, and we resolved to our faith … don’t worry we’ll see him again,” said “We’ll remember the good times we had and all the things that came about .. we’ll see him again.”

Both King and Blevins face sentencing next month.


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