Insurance agent indicted in murder of Knoxville woman set to turn himself in Monday

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Last October, authorities found Brooke Morris' body dumped on the side of a Roane County road. On Tuesday, a grand jury indicted Morris' former boyfriend and boss, Shawn Smoot, for her murder.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations searched Smoot's West Knoxville condo back then. He doesn't live there now, but his neighbor, Jan Wright, remembers that October day well:

"They stood around out there talking. And i saw them going back and forth into his condo," said Wright.

The search warrant lays out the basic facts of the case: Morris was found shot in the head around 8 o'clock on October 15th, with two 7.66mm rounds and shell casings near her body. It shows Smoot told authorities he'd picked Morris up on Cumberland Avenue that day around 1, and was with her until 6:30 or 7, when he dropped her off at her vehicle in the parking lot of Altruda's Restaurant in Knoxville. The warrant said he was the last known person to see her alive.

The search warrant also shows Smoot owned a .32 caliber gun, which uses the type of bullet found near Morris' body, and details several text messages he sent her on October 15th.

The TBI seized a box of the 7.66mm of bullets from Smoot's condo, along with a cell phone and a gunbox containing an instruction manuel for a .32 caliber gun.

Wright said she's shocked someone who lived so close to her is accused of murder.

"Gee, he was right here close. And you know, it's just kind of creepy," said Wright.

Morris filed an order of protection against Smoot in January 2011. According to the paperwork, she called Smoot, "Out of control and violent," and said he'd told her his wife had found out about their affair. She said, "Shawn told me he had been looking into if he killed me, he would plead temporary insanity because i broke up his marriage. Shaw said he would only get 5 or 6 years in prison."

Smoot is set to be arraigned Monday morning. If he hasn't turned himself in by then, the Roane County District Attorney General's office says authorities will travel to Mississippi and arrest him.



 
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