Man in custody in fatal shooting of woman in Ahwatukee

It was an unimaginable scene back in December; a mother and her baby left in the desert to die.

Court documents reveal that 19-year-old Khalli Lawrence was shot execution style, a single gunshot wound to the back of the head, she died at the scene. Her baby named Khiya was shot in the leg; the baby survived.

According to the paperwork detectives, quickly turned their attention to the baby's potential father, Allyn Smith.

Smith made his initial appearance before the court and is now facing murder charges. Prosecutors say his motive to kill was over the child's paternity.

"When he found out the victim girl was pregnant he was tremendously upset, he told her he didn't want anything to do with her paternity," said a prosecutor during Smith's initial appearance.

According to detectives, Smith was a probation officer who met Lawrence while she was in juvenile detention. "The defendant met the victim, had a romantic relationship with her, and she believed the defendant was the father of her child," said the prosecutor.

The documents say after the couple broke up, Smith went back to another woman his long-term girlfriend who he'd been dating for six years. Then Lawrence revealed she was pregnant and would file for child support, forcing Smith to take a paternity test.

According to detectives, witnesses say Smith threatened to kill Lawrence, and his girlfriend threatened to leave him if the child was his.

On the day of the murder, witnesses say they saw Lawrence and Smith together. Detectives say Smith bought a handgun earlier that day, disappeared for a few hours, then at 2:30 p.m. after the reported murder he showed up to state offices to take the paternity test.

Smith denied all involvement, saying he didn't see the victim for months. Police say they have text messages and witness accounts that contradict his statements.
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