Suspects in Murder of Lucerne Man Make Court Appearance

The two suspect’s in the murder of a Lucerne man made their first court appearance last week. Daniel Wayne Ford, 49, of Lakeport and Michael Sean Shaffer, 35, of Upper Lake, were arrested after the body of 70-year-old Nicky Dale Smith, was found on the side of the road in the 4550 block of Scotts Valley Road near Lakeport the morning of November 23rd. Police believe Smith was the victim of a carjacking, and continue to search for his stolen dark green Toyota Tundra pickup. The suspects face several charges including murder, with special allegations that the murder was committed during an attempted robbery, an attempted kidnapping and a carjacking;