Suspect arrested for allegedly shooting wife being held on $1 million bond in Smith Co. Jail

Suspect arrested for allegedly shooting wife being held on $1 million bond in Smith Co. Jail
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POSTED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 9:38am

UPDATED: Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 4:26pm

A Tyler man who police say shot his wife in the head, Tuesday afternoon, is behind bars facing murder and assault charges.

Adrian Mata, 29, of Tyler, allegedly shot his wife Jennifer Mata, 30, around 11:07 a.m., at their home on Poplar Road in Smith County. Jennifer was rushed to a local hospital but died from her injuries around 3:00 p.m.



When authorities responded to the scene of the shooting, Adrian 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 was inside her home. According to the other homeowner, Adrian worked for them and at one point during their discussion Adrian put a gun to the homeowner's head.

Jennifer, a mother of three young children, was a pharmacy technician at UT Health Northeast pharmacy.

UT Health Northeast has released a statement on the death of Jennifer stating:

"We are very saddened to hear of the death of one our UT Health Northeast family. Jennifer was a wonderful asset to our team and our hearts go out to her family."

Adrian was booked into the Smith County Jail on charges of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond has been set at $1,000,000.

 

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PLEASE SHOW RESPECT FOR MY FRIENDS PLEASE STOP
I HATE THIS COMMENT ITS NOT FACEBOOK.. PLEASE..

Everyone needs to stop talking crap, this was a tragic event and I knew the victim...... she was a victim and we should pray more for these tragic events there has been too many over the past few years. We as a nation need to get back to praying.

To those praying, I thank you. Adrian was a good guy, who loved his wife and children. People snap from certain circumstances that a lot of you will never know about. Jennifer was a good woman too who didn't deserve to lose her life.
But for those bad mouthing Adrian; get a life. And for @Deaf Smith you need to learn respect. Just because someone has tattoos doesn't mean their a convict. Either learn to be nice, or get off this page.
The Mata's need all the love and support they can get.

@LovelyHope- check out Missy J's posts on Nell Barton's POV. She has proven herself to be a foul mouthed, bigoted poor excuse for a human being. Stick around- she may even respond to this post. Don't take it personally- one has only to consider the source. You are right she needs a Bible, time in Church & hopefully she will see the light enough to open her mind & get educated. God Bless the victim & the families- especially the little children.

And you have proved yourself a liar Yankee Blowhard.

Three children -- ages 11, 6 and 2.

Now no father or mother.

Brillant Mr. Mata. Hope those tats you have serve you well in prision for the rest of your life.

Deaf smith wuz up bro... my names KennyG.. hey bra let me let you know something... who are you to judge someone w ink? YOU GOD HELL NO... Funny yo I'm gonna ask you to remove ur comment cause u profiling on someone you dnt know.. ONE I DO... SO, obviously ur momma didn't teach u manners .Ow yea i forgot u have all right to speak..ketk id appreciate u removing this comment Arock is my friend and brother. Jennifer is to..

There will b a 20 min ceramony at hastings at 5 pm .
Please feel free

Thaw sad brother or not he's still going to be judged she didn't deserve to die maybe he had mental issues ppl should of looked closer at him before this happened

Mata Family Im KennyG will be holding a gathering tomrw at
Burgerfeld park. 5 pm . Everyone is welcomed to attend . Feel free to bring
Balloons cause we will be having a moment of silence for my friend jennifer Mata.
I'm asking not for cash but for gift cards plz... again NO CASH
5pm Tyler tx burgerfeld park. This Friday.

Mata Family I KennyG will be holding a gathering tomrw at
Burgerfeld park. 5 pm . Everyone is welcomed to attend . Feel free to brin
Balloons cause we will be having a oment of silence for my friend jennifer Mata.
I'm asking not for cash but for gift cards plz... again NO CASH
5pm Tyler tx burgerfeld park. This Friday.

I am praying for both families.To much attention is given to the suspects.This is someones mother,daughter,sister,ect.This happens way too much, no matter what race someone is. Laws should be harder for family violence.This was probably an ongoing problem in this family. People need to be encouraged to report abuse and know that something will be done to the abusers.

You don't know what you are talking about. They weren't illegal at all. You should get your facts straight before you spout off your hatred. A young mother, daughter and friend has died. Show some respect!

Now how do you know this guy is illegal? White & Black people do STUPID crap like this all the time & who are you going to blame for that? Get yourself an education and a bible and pray for the victim's family instead!

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