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Texan, 83, charged with neighbor’s death in property dispute

SPURGER, Texas — An 83-year-old East Texas man has been charged in the fatal shooting of his 47-year-old neighbor over what investigators call a property dispute.

The Tyler County Sheriff’s Office says Wilmer Taylor of Spurger was held Monday on a murder charge a day after Jeremy Smith was shot.

Sheriff Bryan Weatherford says the shooting happened Sunday afternoon off a county road near Spurger, a town of about 600 located 120 miles (193 kilometers) northeast of Houston. Several witnesses remained on the scene as deputies identified Taylor as the suspect.

Autopsy results were pending Monday.

A jailer referred questions about Taylor’s bond and legal representation to the sheriff, who didn’t immediately return messages for comment Monday.

Further details weren’t immediately available.


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