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Man charged with Trooper Aaron Smith’s murder in court Monday

Trooper Smith murder suspect in court Monday

DANVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — The Missouri man charged with the murder of Indiana State Trooper Aaron Smith appeared in a Hendricks County courtroom on Monday at 8 a.m. for a pretrial conference.

18-year-old Eddie Jones is accused of hitting and killing Smith with a stolen vehicle during a pursuit on June 28. Smith had tried to throw tire deflating devices to stop Jones when he was struck.

During his court appearance, the judge assigned to the case did not consider a request made by Jones to change the venue of the trial.

A judge set the preliminary trial date for Jan. 9.

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