Smith Co. Sheriff releases dash cam video of pursuits with murder suspect

Published: Sep. 24, 2016 at 8:22 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2016 at 12:10 PM CDT
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Stanton Pearce. (Source: Smith County Jail)
Stanton Pearce. (Source: Smith County Jail)
Stanton Pearce, left, Laurie Perry, center, and Rebecca bond are suspected in a Smith County...
Stanton Pearce, left, Laurie Perry, center, and Rebecca bond are suspected in a Smith County murder. (Source: Smith County Sheriff's Office)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The search for a murder suspect ended Saturday.

The Smith County Sheriff's office arrested 52-year-old Stanton Pearce in connection to the murder of Luis Martinez.

Martinez's body was found in a Smith County cemetery Thursday afternoon. Authorities said Pearce is the third and final suspect in the murder.

Laurie Perry and Rebecca Bond have already been arrested in the case.

Thursday night Stanton Pearce led Smith County deputies on a pursuit down County Road 398. The chase ended with Pearce fleeing into the woods on foot.

Friday, the search for Pearce continued, in the sky and on the ground. The sheriff's office set up a perimeter in the Jackson heights community.

On County Road 398 no one was allowed in or out without proof of residency.Deputies escorted school buses to ensure the children returned home safe.

"The buses were delayed several hours, so my daughter had been on the bus for two hours. By the time they had eventually let them through she was a little shaken up," said resident, Catherine Gouldthorpe,

Gouldthorpe said Friday afternoon a vehicle she didn't recognize pulled into her drive way.

"He preceded around the back of my house so at that point I knew it was suspicious and I knew it probably had something to do with the fugitive," she said.

Gouldthorpe said she and other neighbors called 9-1-1 and notified nearby sheriff's deputies which led to a second pursuit.

"Immediately the officers came back this way, because when he went down there he drove over power lines he went through woods and when he pulled in there he had a flat tire. So I guess when he got out he fled on foot," Gouldthorpe said.

Earlier this month Pearce and Perry were arrested in a Henderson County drug bust. But Sheriff Larry Smith say they haven't determined a motive for the murder.

"All we know is we have a homicide. No one deserves to be killed at the hands of another and they especially don't deserve to have their body thrown around like a piece of trash," Smith said.

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