|Terry Michael Smith (mug shot NCSO)|
Authorities in Newton County are investigating an early morning homicide at 12331 Sorrel Road which is in the southwest part of the county, according to Sheriff's Detective Andy Pike.
According to the probable cause statement, Richard and Buffy Burns had been with Terry Michael Smith, 36, Goodman, and had taken some wood to Richards' uncle. Knowing that Smith didn't have a place to stay, the couple took him back to a home they shared with Smith's sister, Lisa, and her husband, 44 year-old Steven Todd Gunn.
Smith told investigators that once he entered the trailer he "snapped" and started yelling down the hallway towards his sisters bedroom. Once inside the room he told his sister "do you know how bad you are fu**ing up my life?"
Smith says that Gunn jumped up and got in his face. He (Smith) then pulled a handgun from the pocket of his jeans. As the two men struggled for the gun , "it went off," and Gun fell to the floor. Smith says he then laid the gun on the bed.
Buffy Burns told investigators that she, her husband (Richard) and Lisa Gunn went into the bathroom and called 9-1-1. Buffy and Richard Burns then left the residence with Smith to take him to a hospital in Joplin to be treated for a hand injury but she made a wrong turn and ended up at Smith's fathers house in Anderson.
|Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland|
Sheriff Ken Copeland says that after Smith was taken into custody he was treated and released from a hospital in Joplin for a hand injury and booked into the Newton County jail.
Smith has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action and is jailed on a $100,000 cash only bond.
Smith pled guilty and was sentenced to twenty years in prison.