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East Texas Man Arrested for Shooting Death of His Father

White, James
Smith Co Jail

A Smith County man has been charged in the fatal shooting of his 62-year-old father.

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office says 40-year-old James Jason White of Tyler is jailed on a murder charge. Investigators are trying to determine a motive for the slaying of Steven Lacey White.

On June 15, around 11:15 p.m. emergency personnel received a call about a man having chest pains. Authorities discovered Steven White had been shot in the chest. The father was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Deputies who responded to the emergency call took James White into custody. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

The shooting occurred on Eastside Drive near Lake Tyler.

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