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Trial Date Set for Man Arrested in Murder Case of Two Sisters at Texas A&M-Commerce

Jacques Dshawn Smith

21-year-old Jacques Dshawn Smith, of Rowlett, is accused of murdering two sisters in a dorm room at Texas A&M-Commerce.

A Hunt County court arraigned Smith on two count of Capital Murder for the killing of Abbaney Matts, 20, and her sister Deja Matts, 19, in a dorm room back in February 2020.  Abbaney's 2-year-old son Allen was shot in the leg, but he survived.

Hunt County District Judge Andrew Bench ordered a competency hearing for Smith. His trial is set to begin on June 5, 2023. 

Smith was Abbaney's ex-boyfriend.  On January 27, 2020, just a few weeks before the murder of the Matts sisters, Smith had been arrested by Garland police on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The victim in that incident was Abbaney Matts, who police say was hit with a frying pan and a lamp and threatened with a knife by Smith. She suffered injuries to head, eyes, abrasions, red marks and other minor injuries.

Smith was also charged by Denton Police with Capital Murder in the slaying of 22-year-old Steven W. Daniels, Jr. on New Year's Eve of 2020.  Daniels was shot in the chest and died at Medical City Denton.



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