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Murder Suspect Arraigned, Monday, In Smith County Court

Through a swarm of cameras, Smith County officials escorted a silent, Chris McCuin, 25, into the 241st District Courtroom.  There, Judge Jack Skeen, charged McCuin with the brutal murder of his girlfriend, Jana Shearer, 21. 

"Neither myself nor defense council can discuss anything about the case at this point," said Matt Bingham, Smith County District Attorney.  The details of the case have now been sealed.

What we do know is McCuin's alleged crime spree began around 10p.m. Friday night at Jana Shearer's apartment.  He kidnapped her and headed north toward Tyler.  At some point, officials said he broke into and burglarized a store called Tyler Custom Openings.  Then, around 3:30 a.m., McCuin reportedly broke into his ex-wife's home, confronted her, and stabbed her boyfriend.

At 9 a.m. Saturday morning, he called his mother and stepfather from outside their home.  "He went to his mother's house and called her on the phone and said, come outside and see what I have done," said Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith.  The mother and his stepfather went outside and saw the body of McCuin's girlfriend in the back of the truck.  The mother and stepfather then left the home and contacted authorities.

About an hour later, McCuin called 911 himself, and reportedly confessed to the crime.  The Smith County Sheriff's Department went to the home.  After a short stand off with sheriff's deputies, McCuin walked out of the  the home with a knife, struggled with officials, and was taken into custody.

"When we got to his house, he would not come, so we called our SWAT team," said Smith. "When they arrived, he decided to give himself up."

Later, officials found the victim's body beaten, mutilated and dismembered in the cab of the suspects truck.  A tragic end to a bizarre string of events.

Layron Livingston, Reporting  llivingston@kltv.com  

 

 

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