Authorities seek man charged with Knoxville woman's murder

Authorities seek man charged with Knoxville woman's murder

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Shawn Nelson Smoot (source: allstateagencies.com) Shawn Nelson Smoot (source: allstateagencies.com)
Brooke Nicole Morris (source: Roane County Sheriff's Office) Brooke Nicole Morris (source: Roane County Sheriff's Office)
"I think in the end he thought, if I can't have her nobody can have her," said Morris' mother, Tina Gregg. "I think in the end he thought, if I can't have her nobody can have her," said Morris' mother, Tina Gregg.

KINGSTON (WATE) - Authorities are searching for Shawn Smoot, who's charged with the murder of Brooke Nicole Morris, 23, of Knoxville.

Smoot had promised to turn himself in by 9:00 a.m. on June 25, but never made an appearance. He was once the subject of an order of protection by Morris. Now he's charged with killing her in October 2011 in Roane County.

In court Monday, the judge revoked Smoot's $100,000 bond, and authorities have a warrant for his arrest. Officials believe he may be in Mississippi because he has friends and contacts there.

The Roane County Grand Jury indicted Smoot earlier in June on a first degree murder charge for the shooting of Morris' body was found with a gunshot wound to the head at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road on October 15, 2011.

In the order of protection petition Morris filed in January 2011, she said was having an affair with Smoot and their relationship turned violent. She accused him of strangling her until she couldn't breathe and threatening to kill her. Her family describes Smoot as a jealous ex.

"I think in the end he thought, if I can't have her nobody can have her," said Morris' mother, Tina Gregg.

At the time of Morris' death, Smoot was an insurance agent for Allstate. In fact, Gregg says her daughter had briefly worked for Smoot. They dated and later broke up.

"He was obsessed with Brooke. He didn't want anyone talking to her. I heard from several of her ex-boyfriends that Shawn had called them and asked them to stay away from her," Gregg said.

Smoot had told investigators he was with Morris on the day she was killed and there are text messages between the two, the sheriff's office said last fall.

"Everything just kept pointing back at him," said Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton about the evidence in the case.

The Morris family believes the $100,000 bond Smoot originally had is too low for the crime.

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