Federal agents bring Shawn Smoot back to Roane County


KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The saga of Shawn Smoot continues. This time with another trip back to jail. The accused murderer has been on a wild ride ever since posting bond last year. That ride came to and end Tuesday morning in Kingston.

Roane County deputies had to go to Chattanooga to pick up Shawn Smoot. He's been on the run since a judge revoked his bond after a DUI charge.

Shackled around his ankles and handcuffed, Shawn Smoot did the walk from the cop car to the jail. This is second time Smoot has made this walk. Smoot bonded out of jail last March on first degree murder charges. Then the judge let him move to Cleveland, TN.
Two weeks ago, cops arrested him in McMinn County on DUI and resisting arrest charges. Earlier this week, after sources say Smoot tried to kill himself, he spent 72 hours in in Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute.

Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton says, "I'm not sure how he got there, but the US Marshal contacted us and let us know. So we put hold and brought him back here."

Sheriff Jack Stockton tells me he's tired of going to get Smoot.
Stockton says, "Hopefully we can detain him until trial date when they'll decide if he's innocent or guilty."

Shawn Smoot is accused of murdering Brooke Morris in October 2011. A few hours ago, we showed Brooke's mom Tina Gregg our video of his return to jail. She's glad he's back behind bars, but suspicious his suicide attempt is a ploy.

Tina Gregg says, "I don't think he's man enough to kill himself. He would rather kill a 110 pound soak and wet girl than kill himself. No he's not man enough to kill himself."

Shawn Smoot will go before a judge who will determine if his bond is reset, or if he'll just stay behind bars until his july trial date. Tina Gregg tells me if he gets out again, she's taking her fight to Nashville.

Smoot will remain on suicide watch while he's in the jail.


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