Jerry Buck Inman – Repeat Sex Offender Facing Death Penalty


Jerry Buck Inman is scheduled to appear in Pickens County court tomorrow morning in a hearing that his defense team has earlier indicated could be an opportunity for the registered sex offender to plead guilty in the killing of Clemson University student Tiffany Souers.

Still, the exact nature of tomorrow’s hearing is unclear because a court order has barred virtually anyone surrounding the case from speaking publicly about it.

Inman’s lead attorney, Jim Bannister, said during his last court appearance three weeks ago that a hearing should be scheduled so that the 37-year-old Tennessee man could “formally tender” his guilty plea in the May 2006 killing.

Inman is charged with murder, criminal sexual misconduct and kidnapping after Souers was found strangled and sexually assaulted in her off-campus apartment.

According to Inman’s case file, several small motions are pending before Circuit Judge Ned Miller, including a request filed by Inman that he be named co-counsel in his case.

Another filing shows that Inman’s lawyers have indicated that they will not try to pursue any claim that Inman is mentally retarded, which would make it more difficult to execute him if he were found guilty and sentenced to death.

Last September, Inman’s defense team asked Miller to allow Inman to plead guilty to the crime but have a jury decide whether he should be executed as it would do if it had heard the guilt-phase of a trial. Miller denied the request, citing state law mandates that a judge impose a sentence after a guilty plea.

The request for a jury trial was petitioned all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case.

Inman, a registered sex offender, is charged with raping a woman in Tennessee and attempted rape of another woman in Alabama , charges that his defense attorneys have sought to have excluded as part of the Souers trial. Inman also is charged with trying to make a prison knife out of a radio to stab Pickens County Detention Center officers holding him in solitary confinement.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Jerry Buck Inman – Repeat Sex Offender Facing Death Penalty


Jerry Buck Inman is scheduled to appear in Pickens County court tomorrow morning in a hearing that his defense team has earlier indicated could be an opportunity for the registered sex offender to plead guilty in the killing of Clemson University student Tiffany Souers.

Still, the exact nature of tomorrow’s hearing is unclear because a court order has barred virtually anyone surrounding the case from speaking publicly about it.

Inman’s lead attorney, Jim Bannister, said during his last court appearance three weeks ago that a hearing should be scheduled so that the 37-year-old Tennessee man could “formally tender” his guilty plea in the May 2006 killing.

Inman is charged with murder, criminal sexual misconduct and kidnapping after Souers was found strangled and sexually assaulted in her off-campus apartment.

According to Inman’s case file, several small motions are pending before Circuit Judge Ned Miller, including a request filed by Inman that he be named co-counsel in his case.

Another filing shows that Inman’s lawyers have indicated that they will not try to pursue any claim that Inman is mentally retarded, which would make it more difficult to execute him if he were found guilty and sentenced to death.

Last September, Inman’s defense team asked Miller to allow Inman to plead guilty to the crime but have a jury decide whether he should be executed as it would do if it had heard the guilt-phase of a trial. Miller denied the request, citing state law mandates that a judge impose a sentence after a guilty plea.

The request for a jury trial was petitioned all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case.

Inman, a registered sex offender, is charged with raping a woman in Tennessee and attempted rape of another woman in Alabama , charges that his defense attorneys have sought to have excluded as part of the Souers trial. Inman also is charged with trying to make a prison knife out of a radio to stab Pickens County Detention Center officers holding him in solitary confinement.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Troy Lee Smith, III – Repeat Sex Offender – Loses control at the park

“It wasn’t like the child was left alone,” he said.
“This child had his parents there.”


A registered sex offender who police say attacked a 4-year-old boy and then undressed in front of the boy’s shocked parents is in the Arlington Jail and could be returned to prison.

Troy Lee Smith III, 41, of Arlington was arrested on a charge of indecency with a child by contact, possession of a controlled substance and traffic warrants.

Mr. Smith was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for a medical evaluation and then transferred to the Arlington Jail, where he is being held on a $15,000 bond.

Police said Mr. Smith grabbed the boy in the groin area about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday while the child was playing catch with his father at Vandergriff Park.

“The father came to the rescue of the child, knocked the suspect down, getting the child away from him,” said Lt. Blake Miller, a spokesman for Arlington police. “The parents were within arms distance of the child when he was grabbed.”

Mr. Smith then disrobed, stood naked in the park and challenged the boy and his father to a fight, Lt. Miller said.

When police arrived, Mr. Smith refused to obey their verbal commands and officers shocked him with a Taser and took him into custody.

In 2006, Mr. Smith was sentenced in Travis County to six months in prison following his conviction of attempted indecency with a child by sexual contact. He completed his sentence in 2006. He moved to Arlington and registered with the city as a sex offender, as he is required to do through 2016.

Mr. Smith was also in compliance with two spot checks conducted this year by detectives, Lt. Miller said. However, he was not on parole and did not face any other restrictions.

News of Mr. Smith’s behavior and arrest raised concern Thursday around the Arlington neighborhood near Vandergriff Park. The park, which features baseball fields, a pool, tennis courts and picnic areas, is one of the city’s most popular spots for families.

“I can’t believe anybody would do anything like that with the parents there,” said Holly Wyant, 38, of Arlington. “The guy is a sex offender, so he should not be allowed at the park.”

She is vowing to keep a closer watch on her three young children who visited Vandergriff Park on Thursday because they like the swimming pool.

“Kids are trapped inside these days because you have to protect them from all the people out there who are unsafe,” Ms. Wyant said.

City Council member Robert Rivera’s District 3 seat includes the park, as well as the 76014 ZIP code where Mr. Smith lives. The ZIP code is home to 38 registered sex offenders.

Mr. Smith’s home on Shenandoah Drive is less than a mile from four elementary schools, but officials said his residence did not violate any restrictions about where sex offenders can live.

Nevertheless Mr. Rivera, who grew up near Vandergriff Park and often played there as a youngster, said that he would ask the city’s legal staff to review the ordinances regarding registered sex offenders and the places they can visit.

“We need to ensure the safety of everyone in Arlington,” Mr. Rivera said, adding that he was shocked when he learned of Wednesday’s brazen assault. “This situation is unfortunate.

“It wasn’t like the child was left alone,” he said. “This child had his parents there.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Troy Lee Smith, III – Repeat Sex Offender – Loses control at the park

“It wasn’t like the child was left alone,” he said.
“This child had his parents there.”


A registered sex offender who police say attacked a 4-year-old boy and then undressed in front of the boy’s shocked parents is in the Arlington Jail and could be returned to prison.

Troy Lee Smith III, 41, of Arlington was arrested on a charge of indecency with a child by contact, possession of a controlled substance and traffic warrants.

Mr. Smith was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for a medical evaluation and then transferred to the Arlington Jail, where he is being held on a $15,000 bond.

Police said Mr. Smith grabbed the boy in the groin area about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday while the child was playing catch with his father at Vandergriff Park.

“The father came to the rescue of the child, knocked the suspect down, getting the child away from him,” said Lt. Blake Miller, a spokesman for Arlington police. “The parents were within arms distance of the child when he was grabbed.”

Mr. Smith then disrobed, stood naked in the park and challenged the boy and his father to a fight, Lt. Miller said.

When police arrived, Mr. Smith refused to obey their verbal commands and officers shocked him with a Taser and took him into custody.

In 2006, Mr. Smith was sentenced in Travis County to six months in prison following his conviction of attempted indecency with a child by sexual contact. He completed his sentence in 2006. He moved to Arlington and registered with the city as a sex offender, as he is required to do through 2016.

Mr. Smith was also in compliance with two spot checks conducted this year by detectives, Lt. Miller said. However, he was not on parole and did not face any other restrictions.

News of Mr. Smith’s behavior and arrest raised concern Thursday around the Arlington neighborhood near Vandergriff Park. The park, which features baseball fields, a pool, tennis courts and picnic areas, is one of the city’s most popular spots for families.

“I can’t believe anybody would do anything like that with the parents there,” said Holly Wyant, 38, of Arlington. “The guy is a sex offender, so he should not be allowed at the park.”

She is vowing to keep a closer watch on her three young children who visited Vandergriff Park on Thursday because they like the swimming pool.

“Kids are trapped inside these days because you have to protect them from all the people out there who are unsafe,” Ms. Wyant said.

City Council member Robert Rivera’s District 3 seat includes the park, as well as the 76014 ZIP code where Mr. Smith lives. The ZIP code is home to 38 registered sex offenders.

Mr. Smith’s home on Shenandoah Drive is less than a mile from four elementary schools, but officials said his residence did not violate any restrictions about where sex offenders can live.

Nevertheless Mr. Rivera, who grew up near Vandergriff Park and often played there as a youngster, said that he would ask the city’s legal staff to review the ordinances regarding registered sex offenders and the places they can visit.

“We need to ensure the safety of everyone in Arlington,” Mr. Rivera said, adding that he was shocked when he learned of Wednesday’s brazen assault. “This situation is unfortunate.

“It wasn’t like the child was left alone,” he said. “This child had his parents there.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Troy Lee Smith, III – Repeat Sex Offender – Loses control at the park

“It wasn’t like the child was left alone,” he said.
“This child had his parents there.”


A registered sex offender who police say attacked a 4-year-old boy and then undressed in front of the boy’s shocked parents is in the Arlington Jail and could be returned to prison.

Troy Lee Smith III, 41, of Arlington was arrested on a charge of indecency with a child by contact, possession of a controlled substance and traffic warrants.

Mr. Smith was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for a medical evaluation and then transferred to the Arlington Jail, where he is being held on a $15,000 bond.

Police said Mr. Smith grabbed the boy in the groin area about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday while the child was playing catch with his father at Vandergriff Park.

“The father came to the rescue of the child, knocked the suspect down, getting the child away from him,” said Lt. Blake Miller, a spokesman for Arlington police. “The parents were within arms distance of the child when he was grabbed.”

Mr. Smith then disrobed, stood naked in the park and challenged the boy and his father to a fight, Lt. Miller said.

When police arrived, Mr. Smith refused to obey their verbal commands and officers shocked him with a Taser and took him into custody.

In 2006, Mr. Smith was sentenced in Travis County to six months in prison following his conviction of attempted indecency with a child by sexual contact. He completed his sentence in 2006. He moved to Arlington and registered with the city as a sex offender, as he is required to do through 2016.

Mr. Smith was also in compliance with two spot checks conducted this year by detectives, Lt. Miller said. However, he was not on parole and did not face any other restrictions.

News of Mr. Smith’s behavior and arrest raised concern Thursday around the Arlington neighborhood near Vandergriff Park. The park, which features baseball fields, a pool, tennis courts and picnic areas, is one of the city’s most popular spots for families.

“I can’t believe anybody would do anything like that with the parents there,” said Holly Wyant, 38, of Arlington. “The guy is a sex offender, so he should not be allowed at the park.”

She is vowing to keep a closer watch on her three young children who visited Vandergriff Park on Thursday because they like the swimming pool.

“Kids are trapped inside these days because you have to protect them from all the people out there who are unsafe,” Ms. Wyant said.

City Council member Robert Rivera’s District 3 seat includes the park, as well as the 76014 ZIP code where Mr. Smith lives. The ZIP code is home to 38 registered sex offenders.

Mr. Smith’s home on Shenandoah Drive is less than a mile from four elementary schools, but officials said his residence did not violate any restrictions about where sex offenders can live.

Nevertheless Mr. Rivera, who grew up near Vandergriff Park and often played there as a youngster, said that he would ask the city’s legal staff to review the ordinances regarding registered sex offenders and the places they can visit.

“We need to ensure the safety of everyone in Arlington,” Mr. Rivera said, adding that he was shocked when he learned of Wednesday’s brazen assault. “This situation is unfortunate.

“It wasn’t like the child was left alone,” he said. “This child had his parents there.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte