In a recent development, Smith County prosecutors have announced their decision not to pursue the death penalty for 41-year-old Steven Alexander Smith of Tyler.
Smith is accused of a capital murder charge involving the shooting deaths of Dr. Blake G. Sinclair, 59, and Dr. Jack E. Burroughs, 75, both dentists from Tyler. Investigators say that Smith was angry over his dentures. The incident occurred on March 16, 2022, at Affordable Dentures & Implants in Tyler.
The Smith County District Attorney's Office officially filed a motion on Monday, notifying the 241st District Court of their intent to forgo seeking the death penalty in Smith's case.
The decision marks a key development in the legal proceedings surrounding the tragic event.