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ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis landlord is accused of fatally shooting a tenant of hers Tuesday morning.

Consandra Perry, 50, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Tatyana Smiley.

Smiley was found dead inside a home in the 1400 block of Semple Avenue in Hamilton Heights. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said Smiley was renting a room inside the home, which is owned by Perry and her mother.

Police said a witness who drove Perry to the home Tuesday morning heard multiple gunshots after Perry entered the residence.

About 12 hours later, a fire broke out at the home. It’s not yet known whether the incidents are related, but investigators acknowledged the fire is suspicious.

Perry told police she was at the scene but denied involvement in the shooting, according to a probable cause statement. She said after hearing gunshots, she walked to a relative’s home — but police said the relative contradicted Perry’s claim.

Perry also told police that she and Smiley had disagreements over rental payments.

Neighbors said Smiley recently moved into the area.

According to court documents, Smiley was released on bond in March of 2021 as she awaited trial for the first-degree murder of 72-year-old Charles Watkins.

Our partners at the Post-Dispatch report investigators say Smiley shot Watkins, then set fire to his home using gasoline.

Watkins was found dead inside a home on the 4900 block of Thrush Ave in June 2020. A woman was found in the area suffering from burns.