Grand jurors in Henderson have indicted a Rusk County man on a capital murder charge stemming from the Feb. 17 shooting deaths of a brother and sister in a downtown area apartment.
Randy Buford Winn, 62, of FM 840, which runs south of Henderson, was arrested in Louisiana hours after a fatal home invasion at the Oak Manor Apartments on South Van Buren Street a few blocks south of City Hall. Police summoned to the scene at 6 p.m. that day found four people shot.
They included resident Justin Cord Smith, 31, and his Holly Patrice Jones, 37, who both were pronounced dead that night. Police say Jones had been trying to break off a romance with Winn for several weeks and had been living temporarily with her brother to evade Winn.
Jones’ and Smith’s mother, Billie Pyers, 65, also lived in the apartment, as did Smith’s girlfriend, Cassandra Shaffer, 26. Pyers and Shaffer were wounded in the shootings.
According to an arrest affidavit for Winn, the family was celebrating Smith’s birthday that Sunday evening when Winn tried to get in the front door, armed with a shotgun, but was rebuffed. He then smashed a sliding glass door to gain entry.
Winn was tracked to Bienville Parish, Louisiana, and was arrested by local law enforcement the night of the shootings. He was extradited to Henderson a few days later and has remained in the Rusk County Jail on $2.5 million in bonds, charged with murder and capital murder.
A trial date is pending. District Attorney Michael Jimerson has not indicated whether he will seek the death penalty for Winn.