Beaumont man confesses to capital murder

Beaumont man confesses to capital murder

A 59-year-old Beaumont man was arrested on Jan. 4 after confessing to capital murder in relation to an incident that occurred in Corpus Christi in 2011, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

According to a statement from BPD, patrol officers took Terry Lynn Smith into custody after he phoned the 911 Communications Center at about 9:21 a.m. yesterday and told the dispatcher that he wanted to turn himself in for a 2011 murder he committed in Corpus Christi. Officers responded to the H.O.W. Center, a sober living facility for men in Beaumont located in the 2500 block of Cable Street, and transported Smith to the Beaumont Police Department where he reportedly gave a voluntary confession to detectives.  BPD detectives notified Corpus Christi authorities, who were then able to obtain an arrest warrant for the stabbing murder of 50-year-old Patricia Duling.  Beaumont detectives then transported Smith to the Jefferson County Jail and booked him in for the warrant.  At the time of the release, Smith was awaiting transfer to Corpus Christi to face the charges.

Previously, media sources in Corpus reported Duling's boyfriend was initially a suspect, but investigators had no leads at the time Smith confessed.

A database search revealed that Smith previously spent prison time in Huntsville and has a long criminal history, including arrests for possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, theft and driving while intoxicated.