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Ex-mayoral candidate shot, killed in Hallsville home

By Richard Yeakley
April 14, 2014 at 11 p.m.

A former Kilgore mayoral candidate was <a href="" target="_blank">shot and killed Monday morning</a> at his Hallsville home a week before he was to face trial on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct.

Marc Mathison, 51, was shot twice by a woman at his home in the 500 block of Appaloosa Lane about 8 a.m, said Harrison County Administrative Investigator Jay Webb.

He was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview where Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace B. H. Jameson pronounced him dead about 9:15 a.m.

"He never bothered us ... He never gave us any problems," said neighbor Shirley Fields, who lives just south of the home. "I don't want anybody dying."

Fields answered the door with a pistol in hand and said she did not always feel safe in her home just north of Interstate 20 off FM 450.

According to records from Gregg and Harrison counties, Mathison had a history with violent crimes.

"Mathison has been arrested for the offense of retaliation in October. He was arrested in Gregg County during the same period for aggravated assault and weapons offenses," Webb said.

The shooting came one week before Mathison was due in court to face charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct in connection with a Sept. 18, 2012, incident where police said he threatened and shot toward a "K. Faye" with a shotgun.

According to a Facebook post from the Kilgore Police Department that day, Mathison "displayed a shotgun and threatened (Faye) with it. He then fired the shotgun several times into the air."

The incident took place near Harris and Martin streets in Kilgore.

Mathison was indicted in December 2012 on the charges by a Gregg County Grand Jury, records show.

Mathison also ran for Kilgore's mayor in May.

While he maintained the home on Appaloosa Lane, he said at the time that he had lived in Kilgore for four years.

Mathison received 30 votes to Mayor Ronnie Spradlin's 584 in the election.

Jameson said Mathison's body had been sent to Shreveport for an autopsy, but he appeared to have two wounds from bullet entries and one exit wound.

The Harrison County sheriff's office continued Monday evening with its investigation.

No one had been arrested, but a Harrison County investigator brought in the woman, whose identity was not released Monday, for discussion.

Webb said the woman called 911 for an ambulance and officers after claiming to have shot Mathison.

Those gathered at the home Monday declined comment.



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