The Investigation Into Where A Brutal Murder Occurred Continues

Before the gag order was issued, a Smith County Sheriff's investigator told the Tyler Morning Telegraph that suspect Chris McCuin told them, quote, "God told me to do it."

As for where Shearer was murdered, KLTV found out there has been a concentrated search effort going on in the community of Antioch in southern Smith County.  Residents in the area said since McCuin's arrest on Sunday, streets in Antioch have been bustling with activity.

"I've seen a lot of [officers] coming down through here because of the situation with Chris," said Patrick Riggs.

Riggs lives in Antioch and said he knows McCuin, as well as McCuin's father, who lives in a home in the area.  He said he couldn't believe it when he found out about the murder.

"You never know what's going through anyone's mind," he said.

McCuin obviously has connections to the area, and authorities are making sure they cover all of their bases.

"I've seen them patrolling in trucks, cars, four wheelers," said Riggs.

Tracy Puckett, who also lives in the area, said he was actually questioned by Smith County Sheriff's Deputies.

"They were asking me if I had seen any suspicious things going around, and I was like, no, I haven't," he said.

The search has been heightened, and authorities are piecing together the details of a gruesome murder.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.