UPDATE: Man accused of fatally shooting his uncle returns to East Texas


A man who was captured in Florida after he allegedly murdered his uncle has been returned to East Texas.

Joe Earl Smith, 50, is accused of shooting his uncle, Jack Smith, 68, on Feb. 22 at a home on US Hwy 59. 

Smith was on the run until he was arrested on Feb. 24 by authorities in Daytona Beach.

The suspect waived extradition from Florida and was transported back to Marion Co. on Thursday.
Smith was booked into the Marion Co. Jail and arraigned on Friday.  His bond has been set at $1 million. 

The investigation is ongoing and will be presented to a grand jury at a later date.







UPDATE: Marion County Sheriff's Deputies received information that Joe Ealr Smith had been apprehended in Daytona Beach, Florida by the Daytona Beach Shores police.  

“We received a call at approximately 9:45 pm last night that Smith had been arrested.  According to the information relayed to us, Smith was asleep in the 1993 Ford Explorer that he fled Marion County in.  Officers stated that he was arrested without incident and offered no resistance”, stated Sheriff David McKnight.  

“We are very much appreciative of the quick and professional action taken by the Daytona Beach Shores department”, McKnight added.  Pending arraignment and extradition proceedings before Florida officials, arrangements are being made for Smith’s return to Marion County.  No definite date has been determined for his transport back to Texas.



The East Texas man accused in the fatal shooting of his uncle earlier this week has been captured in Florida.

Thursday night Joe Earl Smith was arrested and booked into the in Volusia Co. Corrections Facility in Daytona.

On Wednesday Smith allegedly shot and killed his uncle Jack Smith at a home in Jefferson, Texas.

We will bring you more details as they become available.



Authorities have identified the victim and suspect in Wednesday's murder in Jefferson, Texas.

Jack Smith, 68, was located behind one of the houses, dead from apparent multiple gunshot wounds”, stated Sheriff David McKnight. 

Information from witnesses and other family members identified the suspect as Joe Earl Smith, age 50, the nephew of Jack Smith.

“We received a call at approximately 11:45 am on Wednesday in reference to a possible shooting.  Deputies and other officers proceeded to an area with multiple residences about ½ mile north of the Jefferson city limits, on US 59 north. 

A possible murder weapon was recovered at the scene.  Jack Smith was pronounced deceased by Judge Lena Pope, who ordered the body transported to Dallas for an autopsy.

.Witnesses said that Joe Smith possibly left in a white 1993 Ford Explorer with a maroon stripe on the lower portion of the body.  The entire area was search, and schools, a skilled nursing facility, and area residences were advised of precautions to take.
Information was received around midnight that the suspect possibly fled the area  and is headed east on I-20.  “We have been in contact with agencies in several states east of here, and have reason to believe that Smith is traveling in that direction”, said McKnight.  A murder warrant has been issued for Joe Smith.

According to witnesses, there was an ongoing dispute that originated over land ownership and possible heirship of the land where the shooting occurred.  The sheriff’s office had been called to the location numerous times for disturbances. 
Other agencies assisting in this matter include the Jefferson Police Department, Texas DPS, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Marion County constables Precinct 1 and 2, and the US Marshal Service.




Marion County Sheriff's Deputies continue to search for a suspect following a fatal shooting Wednesday in Jefferson, TX . 

The name of the victim killed has not been released, nor has a description of the suspect. 

The shooting happened  around noon at a home along U.S. 59 North. 

Chief Deputy Frank Cason with the Marion County Sheriff's Office confirms that there is a homicide in Jefferson. Deputies are searching for suspect. 

The shooting forced Jefferson ISD schools on lockdown for much of Wednesday afternoon. 

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