Roane County murder suspect Shawn Smoot appointed fourth attorne

Roane County murder suspect Shawn Smoot appointed fourth attorney

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Shawn Smoot, the man charged in the murder of Brooke Morris, 23, in Roane County in October 2011, was back in Roane County court Wednesday and was appointed a fourth attorney. Shawn Smoot, the man charged in the murder of Brooke Morris, 23, in Roane County in October 2011, was back in Roane County court Wednesday and was appointed a fourth attorney.
Smoot's latest attorney Tom Slaughter had a conflict of interest. Slaughter says details about the conflict cannot be released. The judge appointed Stanley Barnett from Maryville. Smoot's latest attorney Tom Slaughter had a conflict of interest. Slaughter says details about the conflict cannot be released. The judge appointed Stanley Barnett from Maryville.
“I'm just so upset, but what do I do? I don't have any rights. Obviously the victims have no rights,” said Tina Gregg. “I'm just so upset, but what do I do? I don't have any rights. Obviously the victims have no rights,” said Tina Gregg.
“I know when I was going through this, it meant so much to have support,” said Joan Berry. “I know when I was going through this, it meant so much to have support,” said Joan Berry.
By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) - Shawn Smoot, the man charged in the murder of Brooke Morris, 23, in Roane County in October 2011, was back in Roane County court Wednesday and was appointed a fourth attorney.

Smoot's previous attorney had a conflict of interest, making him the third attorney to be removed from Smoot's case.

Brooke Morris' mother Tina Gregg was hoping the case would move forward, but found out there was another delay.

“It's so degrading to Brooke. Look how long she's been waiting for justice,” said Gregg.

Smoot's latest attorney Tom Slaughter had a conflict of interest. Slaughter says details about the conflict cannot be released. The judge appointed Stanley Barnett from Maryville.

The change pushed the trial date back again.

“I'm just so upset, but what do I do? I don't have any rights. Obviously the victims have no rights,” said Gregg.

Gregg has been at every hearing in Smoot's murder case.

“I'm doing it for Brooke. I have to be Brooke's voice. She is not here anymore,” said Gregg.

Joan Berry has been by Gregg's side. Berry's daughter was also murdered and Berry is now a victims' rights advocate.

“I know when I was going through this, it meant so much to have support,” said Berry.

Gregg and Berry are fed up with certain aspects of the justice system.

“They should have found out months ago there was a conflict of interest instead of waiting till today saying, 'Oh this is a conflict.' What is a speedy trial? We certainly haven’t seen one,” said Berry.

Gregg wishes she was allowed to have more knowledge about her daughter's murder case.

“We have no rights, none and that needs to be changed,” said Gregg.

Since Smoot's fourth attorney was just notified he was appointed to the case, no future court date has yet been set. 

Previous coverage of Shawn Smoot's case

Smoot has been in and out of jail since 2011. He failed to turn himself in on the murder charge and was later captured in Mississippi. He was released on bond. 

Smoot was then arrested for DUI in McMinn County and released on bond. U.S. Marshals then picked Smoot up at a Chattanooga mental hospital. 

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