Shawn Smoot taken into custody by Roane County Sheriff

Shawn Smoot taken into custody by Roane County Sheriff

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Shawn Smoot (source: Roane County Sheriff's Office) Shawn Smoot (source: Roane County Sheriff's Office)
U.S. Marshals Office deputies arrived at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute around 11 a.m. EDT to take Smoot into custody and turn him over to Roane County deputies. U.S. Marshals Office deputies arrived at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute around 11 a.m. EDT to take Smoot into custody and turn him over to Roane County deputies.
By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

CHATTANOOGA (WATE) - Two Roane County Sheriff's Office deputies went to the Chattanooga area Tuesday morning to meet up with the US Marshal's service and take over possession of murder suspect Shawn Smoot.

U.S. Marshals Office deputies arrived at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute around 11 a.m. EDT to take Smoot into custody and turn him over to Roane County deputies.

Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Smoot had turned him self in at the mental health facility after threatening suicide. He was kept there for 72 hours on suicide watch.

After a three hour trip to Chattanooga, deputies returned a shackled, but smirking Smoot to the Roane County jail.

Smoot is accused of first degree murder in the 2011 death of his former girlfriend, Brooke Morris.

Previous story: Authorities seek man charged with Knoxville woman's murder

He became a suspect in Morris's death shortly after she was found dead of a gunshot wound on a Roane County road. He was indicted on murder charges in July 2012, but failed to turn himself in as ordered. Smoot was later captured in Mississippi.

Previous story: Roane County murder suspect Shawn Smoot's bond revoked

Smoot was released on a $250,000 bond in March.

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.

The family of Brooke Morris say its a relief to have Smoot back in custody.

"It's like a nightmare. You can't wake up and move on. It's something every day," said Brittany Myers, Morris' sister.

Morris' mother Tina Gregg says it' a frustrating feeling of deja vu, only two years after Smoot's capture in Mississippi.

"There's no reason this should have happened again. I said all along he should have never gotten out the first time. Now he's had a second time, so they better not let him out a third time," she said.

The effort to locate him was coordinated by the Knoxville US Marshals office along with the 9th District Attorney's office and the Roane County Sheriff's Office.

"It cots a lot of taxpayer money to run him down every time he jump bond or is on the run. We're hoping to keep him in and allocate that issue," said Stockton.

Smoot will be placed on suicide watch at the Roane County jail, in isolation and checked on by an officer every 10 to 15 minutes.

Morris' mother doesn't buy the suicide threat.

"I don't think he was going to kill himself. I think it was just a ploy," Gregg said. 

The trial for Brooke Morris' murder is supposed to begin July 30, but it could be pushed back yet again.
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