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1/15/04 - Smith County

Man Found Murdered In Car

The report of a suspicious vehicle leads to the mysterious discovery of a dead body this afternoon in Smith County. Authorities received a call this afternoon from a homeowner, saying a suspicious vehicle was parked in his driveway. The home is on county road 2209, just east of Tyler. When deputies arrived, they found 20 year old Shawn Pickens of Chapel Hill dead in the Ford Expedition. Sheriff's deputies say there were several bullet holes in a window, but they have not determined how Pickens was killed. Preliminary evidence shows it was not suicide.

Authorities say the vehicle has Oklahoma license plates and belongs to someone who recently moved to Smith County, but they say it does not belong to Pickens. The sheriff's department is still following leads tonight.

Pickens' body will be sent off for an autopsy.

Julie tam, reporting.
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