Investigators locate burned vehicle connected to Smith Co. man’s murder


The Smith County Sheriff’s Office has located a vehicle in connection with a recent Smith County murder.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday, law enforcement found a burned out car  a remote wooded area off FM 16 East near County Road 369.  The vehicle was allegedly used to move the body of Luis Martinez to the area of Antioch Cemetery located off FM 2908.

The body of Martinez was found by Smith County Sheriff’s Investigators on September 22, a day after he was reported missing.  His body had been set on fire, and the car was torched in Waters Bluff area.

Three people were arrested in connection with Martinezes murder: Laurie Stone Perry, 56, of Chandler;  Rebecca Bond, 37, of Tyler; and Stanton L. Pearce, 52, of Tyler. According to an arrest affidavit, Bond shot and killed Martinez on September 15.

Pearce would lead multiple law enforcement agencies on about a 24-hour manhunt before he was captured.

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Bond, Perry, and Pearce are all charged with murder. Bond and Perry’s bond is set at $250,000 each. Pearce is being held on $500,000 bond.

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