More charges expected

Published on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 23:30 - Written by Kenneth Dean

A man facing a murder charge in his wife’s killing will face additional charges, Smith County officials said Wednesday.

Adrian Ray Mata, 29, was arrested and charged in the shooting death Tuesday of Jennifer Mata, 30, at a residence on County Road 333. He also was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, with more charges in the works, Smith County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Moore said.

Mata remained jailed Wednesday afternoon on bonds totaling $1 million, plus warrants from Lindale and Tyler for bail jumping, failure to appear, speeding, no driver’s license and failure to maintain financial responsibility.

The shooting took place about 11:10 a.m. Tuesday.

Deputies arrived to find Ms. Mata suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. She was transported to East Texas Medical Center, where she later died.

Her husband fled from the scene but was taken into custody hours later at a home in The Villages off of Farm-to-Market Road 2661.

Prior to his wife’s shooting, Mata is believed to have fired multiple shots earlier in the day, Moore said.

Detectives still were searching for the medium gray PT Cruiser, in which Mata fled, and peace officers seized a hand gun from him during his arrest, Moore said.

Officials would not say whether a handgun was used to shoot Mrs. Mata. Moore said the weapon was sent to the Department of Public Safety lab for analysis.