Murder suspect accused of killing Chapel Hill student indicted by Grand Jury

Murder suspect accused of killing Chapel Hill student indicted by Grand Jury
John Edward Sparks is still being held in the Smith County jail on a first-degree felony murder charge. His bond amount has been set at $1 million.

SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A man who was arrested for allegedly killing a Chapel Hill student over a bag of weed has been indicted by a Grand Jury and has a court appearance today.

John Edward Sparks is being held in the Smith County jail on a first-degree felony murder charge. His bond amount has been set at $1 million. The Grand Jury returned a true bill this week, meaning they believe there is sufficient evidence to indicate that a trial should take place. The trial date has not been set. He will be in court Wednesday, July 15, at 3 p.m.

According to the arrest warrant obtained by a Smith County Sheriff’s Office detective, the Smith County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call about deadly conduct at a home in the 4800 block of Holiday Hills Road at about 3:16 a.m. on April 2.

The SCSO deputy who arrived at the scene first told the detective that he found a white male, who as later identified as Collier, lying next to the front driver’s side of a white SUV parked at the address on Holiday Hills Road. Collier had what appeared to be two gunshot wounds to his left bicep and neck area, the warrant stated.

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