But Ricky Jay Reynolds, 47, who was indicted on charges of murder, evading arrest and unlawful carrying of a weapon, has opted to have a jury decide his punishment.
The jury will hear evidence today for Reynolds, who faces up to life in prison, Smith County Assistant District Attorney Richard Vance said.
Smith County Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Tony Dana said on Nov. 15, 2010, the day of the murder, deputies responded to a 911 call on County Road 21, where they found 29-year-old Chad Otis Jones, of Arlington, dead of apparent gunshot wounds.
“The wife of our suspect said she was going through some stuff at her deceased brother’s home (on County Road 21) when she and the acquaintance embraced, and she gave him a kiss on the cheek,” Dana said.
The wife left her brother’s home, which was next door to their home, and when she came back, she found Jones dead and her husband leaving the location in a pickup.
The wife followed Rey-nolds and called 911, and deputies caught up to him on County Road 230, Dana said. But Reynolds would not stop, despite the deputy activating his lights and siren, Dana said.
“I would call it a low-speed chase, and he finally stopped at the intersection of county roads 230 and 2142, but he would not comply with the deputy and even displayed a handgun,” Dana said.
After a short time, deputies talked Reynolds into giving up, and he exited the vehicle and was taken into custody, Dana said.
Dana said the woman described the embrace and kiss as two people trying to encourage one another because of the hard times they both had experienced.