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1/20/04-Smith County

"Contract" Killer Brought Back To East Texas

A man authorities say was being paid to kill people, has been arrested and brought back to East Texas.

25-year-old Cornet Meekins was arrested in Poplar Bluff, Missouri Saturday, following a routine traffic stop.

Meekins appeared in front of a Smith County Judge today. He's charged with killing 23-year-old Shawn Pickens.

Sheriff's deputies found Pickens shot in the head last Thursday, lying in an SUV. Further investigations have led authorities to believe Meekins also had a part in two other murders. One of them was in Longview on December 22nd. The other was in Smith County on December 9th.

They're believed to be gang related. Two others are also charged with Pickens' murder. They are Meekins' common law wife Stephany Campos and another male who's name has not been released.

Authorities believe their investigation into the murders will lead to more arrests.

Chris Gibson, reporting
cgibson@kltv.com

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