Inside the Evidence: Justice for the family

November 09, 2018 11:24 PM

News10NBC is taking you Inside the Evidence of Monroe County's oldest cold case. Two families have been waiting decades for justice. 

Shari Smoyer,18, of Perinton and Jack King,17, of Geneseo were shot to death in Pittsford in the summer of 1963. 

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Last week, News10NBC showed you never before seen evidence from this double murder. Now the brother of one of the victims is speaking out. 

"Everybody's asking why? Why? Who and why?" said Jim King.   

He was a student at the University of Rochester when his younger brother Jack was murdered. He came back to the family home in Geneseo one weekend and got the news. 

"Something's happened, and I think Jack's been killed," a family member told him. 

Jack was just one year younger than Jim. They were buddies and shared a room growing up together in Geneseo. 

Jim says his brother met Shari at a party on Conesus Lake just down the road from their house. 

Shari and Jack went to a drive-in movie in Henrietta, but never made it home. 

"They were on a date. They were on the way home and probably somebody who knew Shari was not happy with the fact she was out with my brother, and that's what I think happened," said Jim. 

The bodies of Jack and Shari were found near Irondequoit Creek in Pittsford just off Jefferson Road. 

They were lying next to each other near the King family's Chevrolet Bel Air. 

Monroe County Sheriff's Investigator Mike Shannon took News10NBC to the scene of the crime: an old lover's lane. 

"Mr. King was shot twice in the lower body and once in the head, and Ms. Smoyer was shot twice in the torso and hit in the head with some sort of blunt object," said Investigator Shannon. 

He says both teens still had money in their pockets, and neither of them had been sexually assaulted. 

"It makes you wonder if this was more personal than we'd like to think," said Investigator Shannon. 

Jim believes his brother was defending Shari and got shot for it. 

"She's the one who got the worst of the deal," said Jim. 

News10NBC obtained pictures of key evidence never seen before. A bullet and casings were recovered at the scene. Shari and Jack were shot with a .45 caliber handgun. 

News10NBC also uncovered film footage from our coverage of the double murder not seen in decades. 

A witness at the time reported seeing a man with Jack and Shari around 2:30 in the morning on Route 96. 

"He couldn't identify them, but he saw there were three people there," said then Monroe County Sheriff Albert Skinner. 

Who was that man and is he the killer? Back in 1963, deputies recovered plenty of evidence from the King's Chevy. 

"We've picked up some partial, what we call latent prints, and a palm print on the car, and they're being analyzed now," said then Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Ed Blodgett.  

But whoever killed Jack and Sheri has never been caught. 

"It would be nice to know who did it and why," said Jim. "We're not interested in revenge or prosecutions or anything like that. It's really just knowing."

Anyone with information on this double murder in Pittsford from July 13, 1963 is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (585) 423-9300.

Click here to see our previous story on the Smoker/King murder case.


Nikki Rudd

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