Man charged with shooting death of Marine Reservist pleads not guilty

21-year old Charles Smith III charged with killing Quinton Gray in December

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Charles Smith
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Charles Smith

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man accused of shooting and killing a Marine Reservist in a road rage incident pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of second-degree murder.

Charles Smith III, 21, is accused of killing Quinton Gray last month.

Smith's next pretrial hearing is March 3.

Police said Smith shot between eight and 15 rounds at Quinton Gray’s car. Gray was struck at least once in the head and taken to UF Health Jacksonville, where he died.

According to police, Gray and Cedric Moss pulled into a convenience store around the same time as Smith. When Smith was leaving the store, he got into a stare-down with Gray and Moss for unknown reasons and words were exchanged, police said, all three men left without incident.

As Gray drove off, he passed Smith, who then shot into the car, striking Gray and Moss, police said. Gray was trying to drive away after being shot, but crashed his car into another car and then a tree, investigators said.

Police said it appears that Smith did not know or have any previous contact with Gray or Moss.