Hearing scheduled

A hearing is scheduled in state district court Friday for a Rowlett man indicted for capital murder in connection with a reported double homicide in February.

A hearing is scheduled in state district court Friday for a Rowlett man indicted for capital murder in connection with a reported double homicide in February.

Jacques Dshawn Smith was indicted in by the Hunt County grand jury on April 24 on a charge of capital murder of multiple persons involving the Feb. 4 deaths of Abbaney Matts and her sister Deja on the Texas A&M-Commerce campus. He has pleaded not guilty.

A status hearing is scheduled in the 196th District Court. A trial date has not been scheduled.

Smith, 21, remains in custody at the Hunt County Detention Center, being held in lieu of a total of $2 million bond. Smith is also charged with capital murder filed by the Denton Police Department and is also being held in the facility on probation violation warrants on charges of aggravated robbery and evading arrest from Dallas County.

The capital charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison of death by lethal injection or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Smith is being represented by an appointed defense counsel through the West Texas Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases program. The agency has filed more than 40 defense motions in the case.

Smith was taken into custody in Rowlett and is believed to be the ex-boyfriend of Abbaney Matts. An arrest warrant was obtained through the use of surveillance and witness tips.

Smith and two other Rowlett residents, Jalin Hargrove, 23 and Earnest Rogers, 26, and Anfernee Rader, 24, of Mississippi, were indicted in March with capital murder in connection with the death of Steven Daniels on Dec. 31, 2019.

During the search of the Rowlett residence, evidence was located that connected Smith as well as the others to the Denton case. Denton detectives then applied for a secondary search warrant for the residence.

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