Forecast more >
Gradual clearing today, and a bit cooler as well. High pressure in the wake of the front will allow us to see more sunshine for today. Highs are only in the lower 60's. A slight warmup for Thanksgiving, as we start Thursday morning off in the mid 40's ...
Update: Murder victim identified
JASPER COUNTY - by Steve W Stewart & Mike Lout/KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting Company
Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman on Friday evening released the identity of a Thursday morning murder victim.
According to Newman, 29-year-old Jacob Thomas Auberry, of Dayton in Liberty County, was shot to death on Hi Truitt Road, just north of the Jasper city limits.
Newman said Auberry was a passenger in a Toyota SUV, which was driven by an unidentified white female, and occupied by another person.
Deputies arrived to find Auberry unresponsive, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Freddie Miller, who ordered that an autopsy be performed.
Meanwhile, Newman says the second of two suspects in the case remains at-large.
Late Thursday evening, Newman announced that one suspect was taken into custody after he walked into the sheriffs department at about 10:00 p.m. and turned himself in.
22-year-old Jeffery Shane Reed, of Jasper, remains in the Jasper County Jail awaiting formal charges and arraignment, which is expected to occur over the weekend. Sheriff Newman says the second suspect, identified as 33 year old Gary Rene Smith, Jr., of Silsbee, is known to frequent the Westlake Community west of Jasper.
Early Thursday afternoon, Newman said the SUV was towed to the sheriffs department and seized as evidence. Meanwhile, Newman said the driver and other occupant of the SUV were witnesses to the murder, and they were detained for questioning, but no charges were filed on them.
Shortly after the shooting, deputies at the scene said that they were searching for one, or possibly two black males who fled the scene in a pewter color Cadillac SUV, and another black male, wearing a purple shirt and armed with a shotgun and a handgun, who fled on foot into a nearby wooded area.
Newman said that as strange as it might seem, the couple told he and others that they went fishing with the deceased man on Wednesday evening near Mulberry Beach, on the south side of Lake Sam Rayburn, but they did not known his name.