Smith County murder suspect indicted

Published: Feb. 19, 2016 at 3:12 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 19, 2016 at 3:24 PM CST
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John Smith (Source: Smith County Jail)
John Smith (Source: Smith County Jail)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A suspect in a Smith County murder has been indicted on the charge.

John Douglas Smith, 72, of Tyler, was indicted Feb. 11 in the 7th Judicial District Court of Smith County. Smith, who is the father of Pct. 4 Constable John Smith, is charged with murder in the death of Francisco Douglas, 47, who was fatally shot in December.

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Smith County deputies were called around 3 p.m. Dec. 18 to the Sunset Valley Mobile Home Park on Highway 64 West. Smith says when deputies arrived, they found Douglas, 47, unresponsive from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspected shooter, Smith, was still on the property. After he was questioned by deputies, he was placed under arrest and charged with murder.

According to the victim's wife, Tasha Earnest, the incident started after a dispute over the couple being on Smith's property. Earnest said she and her husband went to Smith's home to discuss an eviction notice. She said Smith worked at Sunset Valley Mobile Home Park as a maintenance man.

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