Accused Roane County murderer captured at Chattanooga mental hospital

1399409118000-smoot-new-mugshotAfter several days of searching for a missing man awaiting trial for first degree murder, Tuesday the accused killer was captured and back behind bars.

U.S. Marshals captured Shawn Smoot at around 11 a.m. Tuesday at a mental hospital in Chattanooga. Roane County deputies then transferred Smoot to the jail in Kingston where he is currently being held under suicide watch.

“I think he [Smoot] reached out to someone and told them he was contemplating doing bodily harm to himself,” said Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton. “He’ll be placed on suicide watch in isolation, be under constant surveillance, and only be allowed certain items in his cell.”

Smoot was out free on bond while he awaits a scheduled first degree murder trial this summer. Then he was arrested for DUI in April, which revoked his bond and required him to return to jail. However, he was nowhere to be found until Tuesday.

Smoot is charged with the murder of Brooke Morris, a former girlfriend who also worked for Smoot at his insurance agency in Knoxville.

Morris had filed an order of protection before her death and said Smoot threatened to kill her. Morris was found shot and killed on the side of a road in Roane County in October 2011.