The man accused of killing a Knoxville woman whose body was found in Roane County last year is now on the sheriff's most-wanted list.
A grand jury indicted Shawn Smoot with first degree murder last week in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.
Smoot told the Roane County District Attorney he would turn himself in Monday in time for his arraignment, but he didn't show up.
The D.A.'s office says Smoot is in Mississippi. Prosecutors say a deputy is watching him and knows his whereabouts.
There is a warrant out for his arrest.
A Knoxville man charged in the murder of a former employee did not show up in court Monday morning as promised, so authorities have issued a warrant for his arrest.
Last week, a Roane County grand jury indicted Shawn Smoot for first degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris. The 23-year-old Knoxville woman's body was found in October 2011. She had been shot to death.
Morris's mother was in court Monday and she said she was glad Smoot did not show up. If he had shown up, his bail would have been set at $100,000. Since he did not show, a judge denied bond for Smoot when he arrives. The District Attorney's office believes Smoot is in Mississippi.
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When the indictment came down, Roane Co. Sheriff Jack Stockton said they had been in contact with Smoot's attorney, who said that Smoot was out of state. The attorney said that Smoot would turn himself in in time for his arraignment Monday morning. He didn't show up.
Morris had a "no contact order of protection" against Smoot.
According to those documents, Morris had worked for Smoot at his insurance office, and she claimed in the order of protection that they had an affair.
She told the court that Smoot had stalked and physically abused her, and even broke into her home between November 2010 and January 2011.