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Neighbor of Smith County murder victim: 'I heard a gunshot and the dog started going crazy'

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James Jason White (Courtesy: Smith County Jail) James Jason White (Courtesy: Smith County Jail)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

A Smith County man is in jail, accused of shooting and killing his father late Saturday night.

40 year-old James Jason White is charged with murder for allegedly shooting his 62 year-old father, Steven White, at their home near Lake Tyler.

Steve and Tracy Morman have lived behind the White's for 16 years and remember Steven White as a great neighbor.

"He was just a good guy," said neighbor Steve Morman. "If you were outside working on something he would come over and ask if you needed a hand or help with it or if there was something he could do for you. He was a great guy."

Steve said he heard the gunshot, but didn't think anything of it.

"I heard a gunshot and the dog started going crazy," he said.

"But it wasn't totally unusual," said his wife, Traci Morman. "Because Jason, they shot their guns quite a bit. So hearing a gunshot wasn't quite unusual to us."

Neighbors said Steven White lived at his home with his daughter, son and grand kids. Authorities said they believe his son, Jason, shot him in the chest in the front yard.

"It's such a shock because they're always a family," said Traci Morman. They seemed like they were always family oriented and had their family around."

This is not Jason White's first run-in with the law, however.

He was charged with resisting arrest and with a DWI in 1995, driving with a suspended license in 2000 and indecent exposure in 2009.

The Mormans said the real victims are the kids White leaves behind.

"He was like the bond down there," Steve Morman said. "He kept everything together."

"It just breaks my heart," Traci Morman added. "That their dad was taken away from there, period, but on Father's Day and your grand kids are without a grandpa now. It just breaks my heart."

Investigators have not yet determined a motive for the shooting.

Jason White remains in the Smith County jail on $500,000 bond.

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