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Murder Trial to Begin Monday, More Than a Year After Big Spring Shooting

By: Julia Deng
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Jury selection is scheduled for Monday in the murder trial of Sean Thomas Smith, a Stanton resident accused of fatally shooting 26-year-old Carlos Guerrero at his Stadium Avenue home in 2013.

Multiple witnesses reported seeing Smith shoot Guerrero in the chest.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital and Smith was arrested later that morning on the 600 block of 4th Street.

Police found a rifle in his car.

"He didn't know Carlos and there was never a clear motive," Richard Guerrero, Carlos' father, said.

He told NewsWest 9 his wife, Lydia, and 3-year-old granddaughter, Rosie, "would never heal from the pain" they felt on October 14, 2013.

"Rosie was there when it happened," Guerrero said. "She was standing at the door of 1009 Stadium Ave when Sean Smith shot her daddy."

Attorneys representing Smith in the murder trial could not be reached for comment.

He was released on bond following pre-trial proceedings.

"They have already tried with settle with us out of court," Guerrero said.

The family rejected a settlement offer consisting of $100,000 upfront and $1,500 monthly payments, saying justice "can't be [paid for] with money."

Testimony, which will be heard before Judge Timothy Yeats in District Court, is expected to begin Tuesday.

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