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Kilgore woman convicted in 2003 murder

From staff reports
Feb. 15, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Deborah McFadden's picture from a criminal trespass charge issued by Panola County. (Gregg County Jail Photo, Sept. 7 2013) MacFadden was indicted 13 years ago in the 2003 shooting death of her boyfriend in Beckville.  She was found guilty of murder Wednesday, Feb. 15  and sentenced to 40 years in prison by a Panola County jury.

A Kilgore woman indicted 13 years ago in the 2003 shooting death of her boyfriend in Beckville was found guilty of murder this week and sentenced to 40 years in prison by a Panola County jury.

Deborah Smiley McFadden, 55, was convicted of killing her ex-boyfriend, Edward Eugene "E.E." George Jr., in October 2003.

It was unclear Wednesday why McFadden's case just now went to trial. Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson was unavailable for comment.

McFadden — who was Deborah Gaye Smiley at the time of the shooting — was living with George in his Beckville home while divorcing her husband, Terry Smiley, whom she had shot in the leg seven months earlier, police said at the time.

McFadden and George got into an argument, and police said McFadden pulled a .22 caliber revolver from her car resulting in a struggle. The gun went off, and George was shot in the face, police said. McFadden claimed George assaulted her during the fight and that she shot him in self-defense.

McFadden also was found guilty in April 2003 of shooting Terry Smiley, court records show. She was in the middle of a divorce with Smiley when she shot and killed George.

McFadden was indicted in November 2003 on attempted arson charges, accused of trying to set her daughter's Panola County home on fire. Authorities said she poured gasoline on her daughter's bedroom air conditioner. Officials at the time said George drove the getaway car from the attempted arson.

The attempted arson charge was dismissed in August 2014, court records show, but details were unavailable Wednesday.

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