The suspect arrested in connection with the shooting deaths Monday of two sisters at Texas A&M University-Commerce has also been charged with a New Year’ s Eve shooting death in Denton.
Jacques Dshawn Smith, 21, is being held in the Hunt County Detention Center in lieu of a total of $2 million bond on a charge of capital murder in the shooting deaths Monday of Abbaney Matts and her sister Deja on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Smith is also charged with capital murder by the Denton Police Department and also being held in the Hunt County facility on probation violation warrants on charges of aggravated robbery and evading arrest from Dallas County. Smith was taken into custody in Rowlett on Tuesday afternoon.
The Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Department reported Smith was not a student at the university and is believed to be the ex-boyfriend of Abbaney Matts. An arrest warrant was obtained through the use of surveillance and witness tips.
A&M-Commerce University Police Department led the investigation with the help of the Texas Rangers, FBI, DPS, ATF, Mesquite Police Department, Commerce Police Department, Hunt County Sheriff’s Office and Hunt County Homeland Security.
The Denton Police Department reported Wednesday that three men were charged with capital murder in connection to the death of Steven Daniels on Dec. 31, 2019, in the 900 block of Cleveland Street in Denton. In addition to Smith, Jalin Hargrove, 23, and Earnest Rogers, 26, were charged.
The Denton Police Department reported detectives assisted in Smith’s arrest Tuesday and the search of the residence the 8300 block of Luna Drive in Rowlett. During the search, evidence was located that connected Smith as well as the two others to the Denton PD case. Denton detectives then applied for a secondary search warrant for the residence.
After the search, Denton detectives obtained three warrants for capital murder for Hargrove, Rogers and Smith. Hargrove and Rogers were placed under arrest and transported to the Denton City Jail without incident.
Because of the ongoing nature of both the Denton PD investigation and the Texas A&M University-Commerce investigation, no additional details were being released as of Wednesday.
Anyone with any information about the Steven Daniels case is encouraged to call Denton County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-388-TIPS or the Denton PD tip line at 940-349-TIPS.