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Murder of Hollywood Publicist is Finally Solved, Police Say


Jan. 19 2011, Published 6:15 a.m. ET

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Two months after Ronni Chasen was mysteriously shot following a movie premiere, final ballistics reports prove that bike-riding marksman Harold Martin Smith murdered the top Hollywood publicist, cops say.

Beverly Hills Police Chief David Snowden said Chasen's mysterious death on November 16 was not part of a Hollywood-style conspiracy, as many had suggested.

"That man is the man that shot her, there is no conspiracy, nothing else was involved," Snowden told the Hollywood Reporter.

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"I know a lot of people don't like to see it end like that -- they'd rather have something more dramatic, but that's just the way it is.

"The facts are the facts."

Smith -  an unemployed felon who killed himself December 1 before police could reach him for questioning - acted alone in the shocking crime, Snowden said.

The gun used in Smith's suicide and Chasen's murder was the same weapon, he added.

Snowden had revealed in a press conference on December 8 that police believed Smith had used a bicycle to get to and from the scene of the crime near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Whittier Drive in Beverly Hills.

The gunman then shot 64-year-old Chasen, who was on her way home from the Burlesque during an attempted robbery.

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