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Accused wife shooter asked to relinquish rights to 3 children

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Adrian Mata (Source: Smith County Jail) Adrian Mata (Source: Smith County Jail)
Jennifer Mata (Source: Facebook) Jennifer Mata (Source: Facebook)
A Smith County man accused of fatally shooting his wife will now be asked to relinquish the rights to his three children.

Adrian Mata's three children have been staying with a family member since February 25, the day he allegedly shot the children's mother, 30-year-old Jennifer Mata. At a hearing Friday, that family member began the process of getting official custody of the kids. As this process continues, Adrian will be asked to give up his rights as their father.

Around 11:17 a.m. on February 25, the Smith County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a shooting a residence in the 1500 block of County Road 333. Upon arrival, deputies found that Jennifer Mata had been shot in the head. She was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where she died from her injuries just after 3 p.m.

Adrian Mata left the scene of the shooting in a dark gray PT Cruiser. He was later located at a home on Serenity Way. he has been charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He remains in the Smith County Jail on $1 million bond.

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