Knoxville woman found killed had order of protection

Knoxville woman found killed had order of protection

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Brooke Nicole Morris (source: Roane County Sheriff's Office) Brooke Nicole Morris (source: Roane County Sheriff's Office)
Shawn Nelson Smoot (source: allstateagencies.com) Shawn Nelson Smoot (source: allstateagencies.com)

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) - Investigators say a Knoxville woman found shot to death in Roane County had an order of protection against a man.

Brooke Nicole Morris, 23, was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road on October 15. She had been shot in the head.

"Anytime we have a murder investigation, we like to get something solved on it pretty quick if we can," said Roane County Chief Deputy Tim Phillips.

Investigators are looking at Shawn Nelson Smoot, a Knoxville insurance agent who works for Allstate.

They're not calling Smoot a suspect, but they say the order of protection Morris had against him has raised questions.

Investigators issued several search warrants Sunday, including one for Smoot's condo on Hidden Oak Way in Knoxville and one for his Honda Accord.

Smoot has told investigators he was with Morris on the day she was killed and there are text messages between the two.

In the petition Morris filed in January, she says she was having an affair with Smoot and the relationship turned violent.

"Shawn strangled me with his hands around my neck until I became lightheaded and could not breathe. I had bruises on my neck. Shawn left when he realized I was not moving or breathing," Morris said.

"He told me he would kill me if I told his wife he was cheating on her," she added.

6 News tried to contact Smoot at his office Wednesday, but our calls were not returned.   

Investigators say they're not looking at one specific person in this case, but at everyone Morris knew.

"We are still interviewing people, running down leads and still doing thing we would at this state of the investigation," Chief Deputy Phillips said.

Investigators also discovered that Smoot owns a .32 caliber hand gun. Shell casings near Morris's body were the same caliber.

Officers collected ammunition and other items from Smoot's home, but they didn't find a gun.

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