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Jul 25 2016
08:07 am

Six years after his original indictment for the murder of his girlfriend, whose body was dumped in Roane County, we are still waiting for this trial to get underway...

Shawn Smoot was indicted on murder charges in July 2012, but failed to turn himself in. He was later captured in Mississippi, then released from jail after his parents posted a $250,000 bond in March 2014. A Roane County judge revoked bond for Smoot after he was arrested for DUI in McMinn County. Smoot had bonded out on the DUI charge.

In June, a judge issued an order with a list of evidence that is allowed in court, allowing an order of protection filed against by victim Brooke Morris, 23, against Smoot as evidence. However, several of the state’s witnesses were removed related to the order of protection because their testimony was hearsay and not admissible in court.

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Here is more background in a case that has taken Roane County Deputies as far as Guam to retrieve testimony and evidence.

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Central to this saga is Judge Eugene Eblen's decisions to release Smoot on bond after he previously jumped bail and returning the family's $250,000 bond even after Smoot ran from authorities and was found hiding in Mississippi. Eblen has since retired and is no linger involved.

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