A case that began with the report of a gunshot that killed a man in Pottsboro, ended with a vote Thursday at the Grayson County Justice Center.

A case that began with the report of a gunshot that killed a man in Pottsboro, ended with a vote Thursday at the Grayson County Justice Center.


"The case came down to a claim of self-defense," Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said in a statement about the grand jury’s decision not to indict Vincent Glen Smith, 62, of Pottsboro, in the shooting death of Charles Eugene Carter, 44.


Deputies with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office were called to a house in the 500 block of Cedar Oaks Road at 3:44 p.m. on Jan. 11. When they arrived, deputies found Mr. Carter dead. He had been shot in the head. Smith, the homeowner at the residence, said he had allowed Mr. Carter and his girlfriend to live in a camper on the property for several weeks.


Smith said Mr. Carter was upset on the day of the shooting and had gotten drunk. The autopsy showed that Mr. Carter’s blood alcohol content was .206, more than two times the legal limit. There was an argument that escalated before the shooting, Brown said.


Brown said Smith told investigators that Mr. Carter grabbed a gun worn by Smith, pointed it at Smith and threatened him. Smith, Brown said, then "pulled a second gun he had concealed on his person and shot Mr. Carter in self-defense."


The D.A. said Smith’s comments to investigators were consistent with each other and with the evidence investigators from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety’s Texas Rangers found at the scene.


"Smith showed no signs of intoxication," Brown said.


Additionally, he said, "law enforcement found no credible evidence of any motive that Mr. Smith would have for shooting Carter."