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Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks listens intently to proceedings while presiding over Shawn Smoot’s first-degree murder trial on Thursday.
‘She’s a bloody mess’

“She’s a bloody mess, ma’am.”

That’s how Larry McCabe described the dead body of Brooke Nicole Morris when he spoke to a Roane County E-911 dispatcher from a dark rural road almost five years ago.

McCabe and his wife Debra were coming from a party in Kingston on Oct. 15, 2011, when they came upon Morris’ body at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road.