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"Rape suspect gives up vampire fiction for bond"

on Sunday, 11 August 2013. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Accused of biting woman in kidnap, rape case

Knoxville News Sentinel

It was a promise never before heard in the hallowed halls of the Knox County courts.

Dezayas Smith, 23, vowed Friday to give up his “Twilight” books and movies and to refrain from watching or reading about vampire-human trysts or sadomasochism ala the pop-culture phenomenon “50 Shades of Grey.”

Smith was willing to give up those things in exchange for a bond reduction in a kidnapping and rape case that involved sadomasochism, bondage, neck-biting and blood-sucking, according to authorities.

“No watching ‘Twilight’ movies, (no) reading the books, no ‘True Blood’ (a popular HBO vampire show),” defense attorney Jamie Poston vowed on behalf of Smith.

Smith was being held on a $100,000 bond on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape in an alleged May attack on his girlfriend.

Poston said the couple had a history of sadomasochistic sex games, including bondage ala the “50 Shades” book and biting and blood-sucking via the “Twilight” trilogy about a girl in love with a vampire.

On May 3, however, prosecutor Leslie Nassios said the victim, who she said suffered prior abuse by Smith, wasn’t game.

An arrest warrant alleged Smith grew angry and began punching the victim, bit her neck with enough force it bled, strangled her and forced her into a shower where he repeatedly raped her.

Records show the victim hailed a cab to take her to a rape-crisis center after the attack.

“He has a predilection for a particular type of perverted sexual interests,” Nassios said in arguing against a bond reduction.

Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz agreed to cut Smith’s bond to $50,000, largely because he has been locked up since his May arrest and won’t stand trial until March.


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