Ronni Chasen - No match on murder weapon

This is the first I read about a "Lincoln Town Car" on security

(Dec. 5) -- A new development has emerged in the investigation of a
Hollywood publicist's death, as a gun found in the home of a "person
of interest" in the case failed to match the murder weapon, police

Ronni Chasen was shot five times in the chest while she was driving
home from a movie premiere on Nov. 16. In the following days, Harold
Smith, a convicted felon, boasted to neighbors that he had killed her
and would receive a $10,000 payment for the murder, according to The
Associated Press. He also said that he would die before he was

When detectives visited Smith's apartment and tried to question him
last Wednesday, he killed himself.

Now, a ballistics test has found that the gun Smith used to shoot
himself in the head does not match the bullets that killed Chasen,
according to local ABC affiliate KABC.

Police have said it's possible that Smith had nothing to do with the
murder, according to the AP.

Surveillance footage shows Chasen crashing her Mercedes in Beverly
Hills last month after being shot several times in the chest. The
footage then shows a black Lincoln Town Car driving past without

"I heard the 'Boom! Boom! Boom!' of gunshots, ran up to the window,
and there was the back of the car," said Nahid Schekarchian, who lives
near the crash site.

Chasen was on her way home from the premiere of the movie "Burlesque."
She first established her reputation by promoting the hit movie
"Driving Miss Daisy." Since then, she has promoted blockbusters
including the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "Slumdog Millionaire."

Martha Smilgis, a friend of Chasen's, told local TV station KTLA that
the publicist never gave any hint of concern about her personal

There was no sign "that she expected anything like this to happen,"
Smilgis said.