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Case Going Forward Against Man Accused in Farmersville Thanksgiving Double Shooting/Murder

Montgomery County Judge Jim Roberts finds probable cause against the Collinsville man accused in the execution style murder of his ex-girlfriend Leslie Reeves and shooting of Christopher Smith  Thanksgiving Day at Smith’s home in Farmersville.  Montgomery County Sheriffs Detective Jeff Roach’s testimony during Monday’s preliminary hearing for 48-year-old Robert "Bobby" J. Tarr moved the trial forward.  Roach was the only witness called by Montgomery County State's Attorney Andrew Affrunti.  Evidence discussed included text messages, video surveillance and the fact murder victim Leslie Reeves of Troy had a stalker in 2019.   It was revealed that Reeves was on a date with 48-year-old Chris Smith, the resident of the murder scene in the 100 block of Nobbie, the day before Thanksgiving.  Reeves and Smith were both shot in the back of the head and Smith continues to battle for his life in an area hospital.  two silver 9mm shell casings were found at the scene and conversations with individuals that had known both victims led them to Tarr’s Collinsville residence.  Tarr claimed to be unaware of the location of Farmersville and had never been there.  He also maintained he didn’t leave home after 8pm, the night before Thanksgiving. Roach got a different story from Tarrs daughter Shelby.  She said he left the house twice, around 6pm and 9:15 pm.   He then woke her up in her bedroom about 2:45 a.m. Thanksgiving morning as "He was doing laundry."   

Bobby Tarr will remain in the Montgomery County Jail unless he can produce 10% of his $3 million bond.  Fahrenkamp asked for a jury trial and a pre-trial hearing to possibly set a trial date has been set for 9 a.m. Feb. 16.