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Smoot can’t make bond

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Judge rejects out-of-state property offer

By Damon Lawrence

Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen granted bond for accused killer Shawn Smoot in August.
Smoot, 40, a former insurance agent, has remained incarcerated, however.  His bond was set at $250,000.
According to court records, his parents inquired about putting up out-of-state property for the bond. They were informed that was not acceptable, court records said.
Smoot is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Brooke Nicole Morris. Her body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road in October 2011.
Smoot was indicted by the Roane County grand jury in June. He was brought back to Tennessee after being arrested in Mississippi.
Should Smoot ever make bond, he will have to report to the state probation office in Kingston twice a month. Eblen also ordered him to sign a waiver of extradition.