A trial date has been set for a Knoxville man accused of killing his former employee and ex-girlfriend.
Shawn Smoot is charged with first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 23-year-old Brook Morris. Investigators said Morris was shot several times. Her body was found near a Roane County road.
On Friday, a judge set a March 24, 2015 trial date for Smoot, who has been in and out of jail and the courtroom since his arrest three years ago.
In the past three years, Smoot has been in and out of jail.
When he didn't turn himself in back in 2012, authorities tracked him down in Mississippi. A judge later released him on bond.
This spring, officials arrested Smoot in McMinn County for DUI. Again, he was released on bond.
A month later, U.S. Marshalls found Smoot in a mental hospital in Chattanooga.
Smoot is also on his fourth attorney.
Morris' mother has expressed growing frustration with the court system and the delay in getting justice for her daughter.
"It is delay after delay. It is bond - him skipping bond, him running - it's been the whole process from day one," said Tina Gregg earlier this year. "Every time I come down to court, I'm bombarded with some kind of ordeal taking place and the very last minute that's going to set us back even farther. I'm so tired of it. A person can only take so much, and I'm there. I've been there."
Gregg says she will continue to fight to see the man she believes murdered her daughter pay for the crime.
"I'm just so upset," said Gregg. "But what do I do? I don't have any rights, obviously, the victims have no rights. So I just have to roll with the punches, like I have from day one."