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Accused wife-killer indicted by Smith Co. grand jury

Accused wife-killer indicted by Smith Co. grand jury
Smith County Judicial Records

POSTED: Friday, May 23, 2014 - 10:14am

UPDATED: Friday, May 23, 2014 - 12:05pm

A Smith County man who police say shot and killed his wife has been indicted by a Smith County grand jury.

Adrian Mata, 29, was in court Thursday night, according to judicial records, and was indicted on the charge of first degree felony murder.

At his Tuesday, March 11, court date, he was appointed Ronnie Van Baugh as his public defender.

The suspect is accused of fatally shooting his wife Jennifer Mata, 30, in the head on Tuesday, February 25, at their home on County Road 333.

When authorities responded to the scene of the shooting, Adrian Mata had fled in his car. KETK was first on scene as he was arrested at a home in The Villages subdivision located on Serenity Lane near Lake Palestine. The homeowner spoke with KETK telling us Adrian Mata was inside her home. According to the other homeowner, Adrian Mata worked for them and at one point during their discussion the suspect put a gun to the homeowner's head. A pistol was also recovered during Mata's arrest near Lake Palestine. It is not clear at this time whether this weapon was the one used in the murder of Jennifer Mata. It is currently being analyzed in Texas Department of Public Safety lab.

Mata is currently being held in the Smith County Jail on $1,000,000 bond.

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