A Knoxville man charged with killing his former girlfriend will be back behind bars, after his bond was revoked following a DUI arrest.
Shawn Smoot was charged with first degree murder in the death of Brooke Morris in Roane County. She was his former employee and girlfriend. He was out on bond until his trial, which was set for July 30.
Now a Roane County judge has revoked that bond, after Smoot was arrested in McMinn County and charged with DUI, resisting arrest, and violation of implied consent.
According to court documents, a deputy pulled Smoot over on Highway 11 in Ocoee, Tennessee, Monday night after dispatchers received a report of a reckless driver. The deputy said there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from the car and Smoot, and that he seemed to be confused as to where he was going.
The deputy said he asked Smoot three times to step out of the car to take a field sobriety test. He refused, but after the third request, the deputy said Smoot got out of the car but put his hand in his pocket. The officer then put Smoot up against the car and handcuffed him and told him he was under arrest.
When the deputy ran Smoot's drivers license and tags, he learned that he was out on bond for first degree murder and had violent tendencies. He put Smoot in the back of his patrol car, and waited for a wrecker to show up to tow the car.
The deputy said when he tried to get Smoot's car keys out of his pocket to get into the locked vehicle, "he yelled not to touch him and he became combative, drawing his feet up as to kick at me and was sliding across the back seat while my hand was in his pocket."
The pocket was torn free in the struggle, but the deputy got the keys. When he searched the car, he found several empty liquor bottles. Smoot was taken to the McMinn County Justice Center, but was later released.
Authorities are currently looking for Smoot so he can be arrested and held until a hearing can be held.